The international construction student: a missed opportunity?
McLaughlin, Trisha and Mills, Anthony 2006, The international construction student: a missed opportunity?, in AUBEA 2006 : Proceeding of the 31st Australasian Universities Building Educators Association Conference, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, N. S. W, pp. 1-12.
Australian universities now have a more diverse undergraduate student population in construction degrees than at any other time in their history. The linguistic, ethnic and indigenous diversity of the Australian university student population has never been richer and this is reflected in construction classrooms. Wider participation rates of domestic students combined with the internationalisation and globalisation of higher education has resulted in a student population of identifiable sub-groups that were significantly under-represented or not represented at all in previous decades. This changing student cohort and the inherent pressures and challenges arising from this changing population is the subject of considerable discussion within the Australian tertiary sector. The extent to which Australian universities and the construction degree educators have responded to these pressures is under scrutiny. This paper argues that the climate, culture and curriculum of higher education within construction schools in Australia has not reflected this diversity and that rather than accommodate and embrace the effects of internationalisation Australian university construction schools may have missed a vital opportunity to be part of a global learning network.
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970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
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