INNOVATIONS IN BUILDING TECHNOLOGY AND CURRICULUM REVISION NEEDS FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMMES OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL)

INNOVATIONS IN BUILDING TECHNOLOGY AND CURRICULUM REVISION NEEDS FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMMES OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL)

Abstract

This study is conducted to determine the Innovations in Building Technology that need to be integrated into the Building Construction Programmes of South-East Colleges of Education (Technical). Six research questions were developed in relation to what the study sought to find out, four null hypotheses were formulated and tested at the probability of 0.05 level of significance. 78 structured questionnaire items were developed and used for the study while 3 experts were engaged to face-validate the instrument. The instrument was tested for reliability with Cronbach Alpha () to determine the internal consistency of the data collected. The the population for the study comprised 86 building personnel (who are Architects, Building Engineers, and Building Technicians) and 11 Building Technology teachers from the three Colleges of Education (Technical) in the South- East. This however brings the total population for the study to 97 respondents. The data collected were analysed using mean to answer the research questions and t-test statistics to test the hypotheses. The result of the three null hypotheses tested showed how the respondents do differ significantly in some of their opinions on the items. The study found out that all The findings showed that what constitutes the Technological   Innovations in Building Construction includes: Automated Building Diagnostic Software (ABDS), Active Window Insulation, Passive Solar Building Design, Computer-Aided Design/Drafting (CAD/CADD) and Advanced Structural Design Software/Methods. Also, that  Building Construction has changed dramatically due to numerous innovations, mostly concerned with technology and that there are lapses in the curriculum for building construction programmes in the Colleges of Education  (Technical) due to these innovations, hence the need for content, facility and skill updating to meet the demands of these innovations.  Some recommendations were made in line with the findings of the study.