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Assessment of Students’ Response to and Perception of Structural Analysis as a Course of Study in Tertiary Institutions

Omuh, I. O. and Ojelabi, Rapheal A. and Afolabi, A.O. and Tunji-Olayeni, P .F and Amusan, L. M. (2017) Assessment of Students’ Response to and Perception of Structural Analysis as a Course of Study in Tertiary Institutions. THE TURKISH ONLINE JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY. pp. 410-417. ISSN 2146 - 7242

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When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse becomes an inevitability. Education for Sustainability, as promoted by the United Nations is an essential tool for achieving sustainable development. This method of education is expected to foster creative thinking that will provide solutions to exiting societal problems. For sustainable development to occur, there has to be the proper transfer of knowledge and technology through teaching and other classroom activities. In the teaching of structural analysis, one of the encountered challenges has to do with the students’ poor performance in the course in the first place. This study sought to identify the response and perception of students of structural analysis. A survey of three institutions was carried out and data was obtained through the distribution of well-structured questionnaires to students that offered structural analysis from Covenant University, University of Lagos and Yaba College of Technology. Data obtained from this survey were analyzed using SPSS, and then the agreement ranking of responses and perceptions were determined. The results were presented in form of frequency tables using relative importance index to get a clearer view of the most significant factors. The result showed in the response of students to structural analysis, that they acknowledge the importance of the course, despite any difficulty they might be facing, and also, they approach the course with fear and anxiety. The results also showed that even though the students understand the importance of the course, they are not interested in it. It was recommended that teaching methods that build interest in the students should be adopted such as the use of software and other technologies. This will demystify the learning of structural analysis. Problem based methods of learning should be adopted to as to build up interest and problem-solving capabilities in the students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education for sustainability, teaching, structural analysis.
Subjects: A General Works > AS Academies and learned societies (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2018 08:24
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 08:24

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