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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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      Abstract

      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: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
      Colleges and 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: 20 Aug 2013 17:42
      URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12453

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