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Student participation in professional organisations: the need for innovation

Tivendale, L. and Ma, L. 2016, Student participation in professional organisations: the need for innovation, in AUBEA 2016 : Proceedings of the 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Annual Conference, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Qld., pp. 292-301.

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Title Student participation in professional organisations: the need for innovation
Author(s) Tivendale, L.ORCID iD for Tivendale, L. orcid.org/0000-0002-9250-5393
Ma, L.
Conference name Australasian Universities Building Education Association Annual Conference (40th : 2016 : Cairns, Queensland)
Conference location Cairns, Queensland
Conference dates 6-8 Jul. 2016
Title of proceedings AUBEA 2016 : Proceedings of the 40th Australasian Universities Building Education Association Annual Conference
Editor(s) Singhaputtangkul, Natee
Publication date 2016
Conference series Annual Conference of the Australasian Universities Building Education Association
Start page 292
End page 301
Total pages 10
Publisher Central Queensland University
Place of publication Rockhampton, Qld.
Keyword(s) construction management
construction management students
graduate outcomes
membership
professional organisation
Summary Professional organisations in construction management and builtenvironment list many benefits of membership, including professionaldevelopment and engagement with fellow professionals. However,despite free membership for students, their membership and retention isgenerally low and it is important for the future of professionalorganisations to determine reasons for this disinterest. Do currentstudents understand the benefits of professional organisations and placeany value on membership? This paper presents the findings of a researchproject to better understand why recruitment of students and their activeparticipation in professional organisations is low. A questionnaire surveywas conducted across the students of the degrees of constructionmanagement in Deakin University to obtain the evaluations of themembership, while interviews were undertaken with representatives ofprofessional organisations to determine the alignment between theparties. Student expectations of membership were shown to be amismatch with the stated benefits offered by the professionalorganisations, or at least with how these benefits are communicated.Possible improvements are suggested to ensure that, in this era of instantcommunications and access to information, professional organisationsinnovate to remain relevant to the future leaders of their industry.
ISBN 9781921047138
Language eng
Field of Research 120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085259

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