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Pathways to formally assessed work placement : employers' perspectives on collaborative education in the Australian construction industry

Mills, Anthony J., McLaughlin, Patricia and Davis, Peter 2011, Pathways to formally assessed work placement : employers' perspectives on collaborative education in the Australian construction industry, in PAQS 2011 : Proceedings of the Cost Management in a World Emerging from Adversity : 15th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress, Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka, pp. 231-237.

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Title Pathways to formally assessed work placement : employers' perspectives on collaborative education in the Australian construction industry
Author(s) Mills, Anthony J.
McLaughlin, Patricia
Davis, Peter
Conference name Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress (15th : 2011 : Colombo, Sri Lanka)
Conference location Colombo, Sri Lanka
Conference dates 23-26 Jul. 2011
Title of proceedings PAQS 2011 : Proceedings of the Cost Management in a World Emerging from Adversity : 15th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress
Editor(s) Rameezdeen, R.
Senaratne, S.
Sandanayake, Y. G.
Publication date 2011
Conference series Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress
Start page 231
End page 237
Total pages 7
Publisher Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka
Place of publication Colombo, Sri Lanka
Keyword(s) collaborative education
project-based work
property and construction employment
work-integrated learning
Summary The QS and construction industry is uniquely impacted by project-based work environments. This creates special challenges for collaborative, work-integrated education of pre-professional students. This research is based on investigating the attitudes of employer’s towards the use of formally assessed internships. The study comprised two stages- firstly a series of pilot interviews were undertaken with employers to test a number known issues and secondly, the results from the interviews were used to refine a set of questions that were put to a large focus group of employers who were invited from across the property and construction sector in Australia. The results showed that many employer organisations expressed considerable goodwill towards collaborative education with universities. However, the challenges caused by project-based work environments restrict employers' ability to provide comprehensive learning opportunities. This research discusses some of the distinctive issues associated with work-integrated learning in the construction industry and proposes some potential opportunities for overcoming these restrictions.
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ISBN 9789550713011
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2011, Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042337

Document type: Conference Paper
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