Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

The use of case histories in classroom mainly involves an inductive teaching approach. This paper discusses the intrinsic advantages and possible drawbacks of such an inductive approach. More specifically, the paper illustrates an example of teaching the class of “slope stability” based on such methodology. The class takes place at the University of Pisa in the second tier degree of Civil Engineering of Infrastructures. The inductive teaching approach is very popular in the British/American Higher Education system. On the contrary it is not so popular in Latin countries like Italy. In order to make more clear the comprehension of this paper to the potential readers, information on the Higher Education system in Europe and specifically in Italy is also given.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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An Example of Teaching Slope Stability from True Case Histories

Chicago, Illinois

The use of case histories in classroom mainly involves an inductive teaching approach. This paper discusses the intrinsic advantages and possible drawbacks of such an inductive approach. More specifically, the paper illustrates an example of teaching the class of “slope stability” based on such methodology. The class takes place at the University of Pisa in the second tier degree of Civil Engineering of Infrastructures. The inductive teaching approach is very popular in the British/American Higher Education system. On the contrary it is not so popular in Latin countries like Italy. In order to make more clear the comprehension of this paper to the potential readers, information on the Higher Education system in Europe and specifically in Italy is also given.