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Time pressure in scenario-based online construction safety quizzes and its effect on students’ performance

Citation

Jaeger, M and Adair, D, Time pressure in scenario-based online construction safety quizzes and its effect on students' performance, European Journal of Engineering Education, 42, (3) pp. 241-251. ISSN 0304-3797 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 SEFI

DOI: doi:10.1080/03043797.2016.1153042

Abstract

Online quizzes have been shown to be effective learning and assessment approaches. However, if scenario-based online construction safety quizzes do not include time pressure similar to real-world situations, they reflect situations too ideally. The purpose of this paper is to compare engineering students’ performance when carrying out an online construction safety quiz with time pressure versus an online construction safety quiz without time pressure. Two versions of an online construction safety quiz are developed and administered to randomly assigned engineering students based on a quasi-experimental post-test design. The findings contribute to scenario-based learning and assessment of construction safety in four ways. First, the results confirm earlier findings that ‘intrinsic stress’ does not seem to impair students’ performance. Second, students who carry out the online construction safety quiz with time pressure are less likely to ‘learn by trial and error'. Third, students exposed to time pressure appreciate that they become better prepared for real life. Finally, preparing students to work under time pressure is an important industry requirement. The results of this study should encourage engineering educators to explore and implement ways to include time pressure in scenario-based online quizzes and learning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:online quiz, construction safety, time pressure, student performance, construction management
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and Pedagogy
Research Field:Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and Instruction
Objective Field:Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Author:Jaeger, M (Dr Martin Jaeger)
Author:Adair, D (Dr Desmond Adair)
ID Code:115723
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2017-04-05
Last Modified:2017-10-24
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