Construction Management: Traffic Safety

Title: Traffic Safety for Construction Management
Discipline(s) or Field(s): Construction Management, Risk Control, Worker Safety and Health, Construction Training
Authors: Bryan Beamer, Renee Surdick, Paul Lokken, Tim Becker, Zhigang Sheng, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Submission Date: September 13, 2007

The Lesson Study team conducted a lesson on traffic safety 2 times, once during Fall 2006 and once for Spring 2007. By using pre/post tests and case studies, the researchers improved student learning and their methodology for delivering the topic.

Methodology used included:

  • Delivery of a pre/post test on the topic of traffic safety;
  • Having small groups complete a short homework assignment on the topic of traffic safety;
  • Having groups analyze several case studies on the topic of traffic safety;
  • Videotaping the lesson to make qualitative observations on student learning.

Pre- and post-test results indicate that student knowledge on the topic of traffic safety improved as a result of completing the homework assignment and analyzing several case studies in groups. Furthermore, student engagement increased dramatically compared to watching a video on the subject. Students were sharing personal work experiences, gaining collective insight from each other and working as a team to evaluate the situations, identify common themes and propose solutions.

The Lesson Study program was viewed as an effective tool for instructors as it stimulated self-reflection and dialogue on processes and methods for facilitating student learning. Throughout the process instructors shared new methods for increasing the depth of learning expanding by infusing a variety of approaches into content delivery.

The group’s last discussion centered on the fact that the case study-based lesson was highly effective, but that a future lesson for the topic of Traffic Safety might entail students actually setting up a worksite as a hands on activity.

Other relevant observations are that the Lesson Study Process, while beneficial for improving a particular lesson topic and generating appropriate discussion about pedagogy, took a lot of time. Perhaps another Lesson Study method could be developed in order to minimize the time commitment while maximizing the amount of time observing lessons in progress.

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