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Perceptions of the value of site visits in assisting undergraduate learning

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by A Mills, P Ashford, Sara Wilkinson
This study evaluates the usefulness of site visits in assisting the learning experience of undergraduate students. The research is based on a survey of undergraduates students enrolled in built-environment courses in property and construction. Past research has shown that it is becoming more difficult to provide students with access to building sites to provide learning experiences. While students were positive about the benefits of real site visits, universities have been encouraged to develop virtual approaches to teaching construction technology using photographs, movies and computer simulations.

This strategic research investigates the perceptions of students towards a number of different site visits each with particular characteristics. This was done to examine the most effective use of real site visits within an undergraduate course. The results identified that some aspects of construction technology could be easily replaced by computer simulations and the like. However, 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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Event

CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research (2006 : Hong Kong)

Publisher

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Location

Hong Kong

Place of publication

Hong Kong

Start date

2006-04-10

End date

2006-04-13

ISBN-13

9789623675116

ISBN-10

9623675119

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Title of proceedings

BEAR 2006 : Construction sustainability and innovation : CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research

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