SP-359: Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Teaching Concrete Materials and Reinforced Concrete

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The manuscripts included herein introduce common learning theories and methods in engineering education that can be specifically applied to the topics of reinforced concrete and concrete materials. The papers focus on the application of these theories to specific concrete-related topics and suggest ways to implement these methods in university classrooms. The primary goal of this Special Publication is to provide pedagogical resources, ideas, and techniques that can be implemented by anyone that accepts the challenge of teaching reinforced concrete and concrete materials, from a new instructor to an experienced professor.

To disseminate effective teaching methods among a global group of educators and learners, ACI Committee S802 organized two sessions entitled “Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Teaching Concrete Materials and Reinforced Concrete” at the Spring 2021 ACI Virtual Convention. The first session was focused on best practices teaching concrete materials and the second session was focused on best practices teaching introductory reinforced concrete. The manuscripts in this Special Publication are organized in the order in which they were presented at the ACI Convention.

The co-editors, Dr. Benjamin Dymond and Dr. J. Chris Carroll, are grateful for the contributions from the Special Publication authors and sincerely value the time and effort of the authors in preparing the papers in this volume. Furthermore, the Special Publication would not have been possible without the effort expended by the experts who peer reviewed the papers in this volume.


Document Details

Author: ACI Committee S802

Publication Year: 2023

Pages: 189

ISBN: 9781641952361

Formats: Protected PDF/Web View

Table of Contents


Effective Teaching Methods in Concrete Education 1-17

Authors: Matthew K. Swenty, Benjamin Z. Dymond, J. Chris Carroll


Approaches to Teaching Cement Hydration Processes to Undergraduate Students 18-38

Authors: Lisa E. Burris, Kenneth C. Hover, Anton K. Schindler, Aleksandra Radlińska


Pedagogical Techniques used to Teach Fresh and Hardened Concrete Properties 39-53

Authors: Kacie C. D’Alessandro, Andrei Ramniceanu, Jacob D. Henschen, Matt O’Reilly


Teaching Additive Manufacturing with Consideration for Cementitious Materials 54-68

Authors: Jacob D. Henschen, Daniel Blood, Shiho Kawashima, Heather A. Kirkvold


Effective Teaching Methods for Non-destructive Testing Techniques 69-89

Authors: Armen Amirkhanian and Eleanor Skelton


Pedagogical Techniques used to Teach Detailing of Reinforced Concrete Structures 90-108

Authors: Kacie C. D’Alessandro, Matthew K. Swenty, Eric S. Musselman


Teaching the Equivalent Rectangular Stress Block 109-126

Authors: J.Chris Carroll, Benjamin Z. Dymond, Anahid A. Behrouzi


Teaching Flexural Strength Failure Modes in Reinforced Concrete I 127-144

Authors: Royce W. Floyd, Karl F. Meyer, Brandon E. Ross


Active and Visual Methods for Teaching Nonrectangular Reinforced Concrete Beams 145-161

Authors: J.Chris Carroll, Anahid A. Behrouzi, Karl F. Meyer


Approaches for Teaching Shear Analysis and Design of Reinforced Concrete 162-181

Authors: Matthew D. Lovell, Royce W. Floyd, Benjamin Z. Dymond, Kenneth C. Hover


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