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Educ. Sci. 2019, 9(1), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci9010065

Curriculum Design in Construction Engineering Departments for Colleges in Taiwan

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Institute of Land and Urban-Rural Planning, School of Urban and Environmental Science, Huaiyin Normal University, Huai’an 223300, China
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Department of Civil Engineering, Chung Hua University, Hsinchu 30012, Taiwan
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Department of Landscape Architecture, Chung Hua University, Hsinchu 30012, Taiwan
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Department of Leisure Management, Minghsin University of Science and Technology, Hsinchu 30401, Taiwan
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Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chung Hua University, Hsinchu 30012, Taiwan
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Received: 3 March 2019 / Revised: 20 March 2019 / Accepted: 20 March 2019 / Published: 24 March 2019
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Abstract

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has become a new trend in international education curriculum reform. This study analyzed the teaching of seven subjects and performance indicators by collecting data from literature of diversified fields, proficiency training courses, and syllabi of construction management curricula provided by Taiwanese higher education institutions. Research incorporated both qualitative and quantitative methods. Qualitative approaches comprised a literature review and in-depth interview with experts; the quantitative approach was the fuzzy Delphi method, which was used to identify the syllabus constructs of major subjects and rate their performance indicators of secondary subjects. Interpretive structural modelling helped construct a systemic structure and relationships among different types of subjects to analyze curriculum frameworks and systematize teaching models. This study can be referenced to design syllabi for systemic courses in departments of construction engineering and management to educate future construction engineers at higher education institutions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Curriculum of construction engineering and management; Fuzzy Delphi method; Key factors; Interpretive structural modelling (ISM); STEM education; Engineering education Curriculum of construction engineering and management; Fuzzy Delphi method; Key factors; Interpretive structural modelling (ISM); STEM education; Engineering education
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Hsu, W.-L.; Chen, Y.-S.; Shiau, Y.-C.; Liu, H.-L.; Chern, T.-Y. Curriculum Design in Construction Engineering Departments for Colleges in Taiwan. Educ. Sci. 2019, 9, 65.

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