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The value of experiential learning for providing a contextual understanding of the construction process

Mills, Anthony, Ashford, Peter and McLaughlin, Patricia 2006, The value of experiential learning for providing a contextual understanding of the construction process, in AUBEA 2006 : Proceedings of the 31st Australasian University Building Educators Association Conference, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, pp. 1-13.

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Title The value of experiential learning for providing a contextual understanding of the construction process
Author(s) Mills, Anthony
Ashford, Peter
McLaughlin, Patricia
Conference name Australian University Building Educators Association. Conference (31st : 2006 : UTS, Sydney, NSW)
Conference location Sydney, NSW
Conference dates 11-14 July 2006
Title of proceedings AUBEA 2006 : Proceedings of the 31st Australasian University Building Educators Association Conference
Editor(s) Best, Rick
Runeson, Goran
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australian University Building Educators Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 13
Publisher University of Technology Sydney
Place of publication Sydney, NSW
Keyword(s) Construction technology
building sites
learning experiences
Summary This research investigates effectiveness of real site visits within an undergraduate course. Experiential learning is a process of providing education, based on the experiences and observations of real-world examples. Some of the theory of experiential learning has been used to examine whether site visits assist the students learning experience.

The results of the research show that students generally have a positive attitude towards site visits and see them as beneficial. Although the study identified that some aspects of construction technology could be easily replaced by computer simulations and the like, 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.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 097753250X
9780977532506
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, University of Technology Sydney
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037064

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