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.
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.
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Field of Research
129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
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