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The built environment interdiscipline: A theoretical model for decision makers in research and teaching

Chynoweth, P 2009, 'The built environment interdiscipline: A theoretical model for decision makers in research and teaching' , Structural Survey, 27 (4) , pp. 301-310.

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Purpose – The built environment subject area is now well-established as a recognised field of study. However, because of its vocational orientation it is usually defined in terms of a particular range of professional activities and aptitudes. In consequence the theoretical nature of its academic knowledge base is poorly developed. This has consequences for research and teaching practice within the field which are explored in this paper. Design/methodology/approach – Using established literature on the historical approaches to knowledge categorisation a theoretical model is proposed. Findings – The proposed model defines the built environment as an applied, but theoretically coherent, interdiscipline with a common epistemological axiomatic. Originality/value – The paper proposes a new model of the built environment knowledge base for further discussion within the field. The practical benefits of the model are also illustrated by examples in the context of curriculum design, research strategy and the research-teaching nexus.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > College of Science & Technology
Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Structural Survey
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0263-080X
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 14:59
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2015 23:46

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