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Perceptions of the value of site visits in assisting undergraduate learning

Mills, A., Ashford, P. and Wilkinson, S. J. 2006, Perceptions of the value of site visits in assisting undergraduate learning, in BEAR 2006 : Construction sustainability and innovation : CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.

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Title Perceptions of the value of site visits in assisting undergraduate learning
Author(s) Mills, A.
Ashford, P.
Wilkinson, S. J.
Conference name CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research (2006 : Hong Kong)
Conference location Hong Kong
Conference dates 10-13 April 2006
Title of proceedings BEAR 2006 : Construction sustainability and innovation : CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research
Editor(s) [Unknown],
Publication date 2006
Conference series CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research
Publisher Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Place of publication Hong Kong
Keyword(s) construction technology
building sites
learning experiences
Summary This study evaluates the usefulness of site visits in assisting the learning experience of undergraduate students. The research is based on a survey of undergraduates students enrolled in built-environment courses in property and construction. Past research has shown that it is becoming more difficult to provide students with access to building sites to provide learning experiences. While students were positive about the benefits of real site visits, universities have been encouraged to develop virtual approaches to teaching construction technology using photographs, movies and computer simulations.

This strategic research investigates the perceptions of students towards a number of different site visits each with particular characteristics. This was done to examine the most effective use of real site visits within an undergraduate course. The results identified that some aspects of construction technology could be easily replaced by computer simulations and the like. However, other aspects of the curriculum are more effectively taught by retaining real site visits. The research was intended to provide a more structured approach to determining the value of site-based learning in construction related courses.
ISBN 9789623675116
9623675119
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022293

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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