Problem-Based Learning with Framing Construction in Architectural Engineering
Semih G. Yildirim, Stuart W. Baur, Roger A. La Boube

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an alternative to traditional lecture learning environment. In order to support teaching fundamentals of framing construction, PBL was used in a course in Missouri S&T. Handson learning experience for longer retention of desired knowledge was the main goal of this case study. Education of framing construction is a component of architectural engineering and variety materials are in use to assembly framing system in construction industry.Scaled model activity is targeted in PBL block and this activity directly dependent on material which is available, affordable and workable by the students. Balsa stick which has these properties is the choice reason of using timber framing system in PBL block. Due to the experiences in the world, it is recommended that using multiple educational models together as preparatory blocks including traditional lecture learning environment and PBL together. PBL block is supported by preparatory blocks such as construction site visits and mock-up assemblies. PBL activity narrowed through “the task project” on framing constructionto be completed by the students in limited time.A survey was heldin order to determine outcomes of the activities and PBL had positive impact on the traditional lecture learning environment in architectural engineering.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jea.v2n2a6