The best of both worlds – how vocational education can enhance university studies in construction management

McLaughlin, Patricia and Mills, Anthony 2010, The best of both worlds – how vocational education can enhance university studies in construction management, Research in post-compulsory education, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 117-126.

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Title The best of both worlds – how vocational education can enhance university studies in construction management
Author(s) McLaughlin, Patricia
Mills, Anthony
Journal name Research in post-compulsory education
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Start page 117
End page 126
Total pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1359-6748
1747-5112
Summary Australian post-compulsory vocational or technical education and higher education (university) has traditionally been delivered separately. Attempts to collaborate on curriculum development and delivery have mostly been at the margins of articulation and educational pathways. This study examines a pilot project in construction management education conducted at RMIT University over a two-year period. The study demonstrates the challenges with mutual curriculum development between vocational and higher education in Australia and demonstrates the methods utilised to overcome these challenges. The results of the project reveal that the benefits to students in hands-on experiences, theoretical knowledge gained and practical demonstrations were invaluable and worthy of ongoing research and development. The article also raises critical questions about flexibility and mobility in educational institutions in Australia.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Further Education Research Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037090

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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