Can universities help in bridging the skills gap in building conservation surveying

McLean, SN 2017, 'Can universities help in bridging the skills gap in building conservation surveying' , Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation, 5 (3) , pp. 240-248.

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This paper comes from the author’s deliberation over a question delivered to a RICS Conservation forum, which highlighted a skills shortage in the field of building conservation surveying. It was suggested by Brian Gowthorpe the forum convener that implementation of specialist conservation modules by universities might enhance conservation practice knowledge amongst commercial building surveyors. That raised the question of how effective a single university module might be. The conditions required for such a module to be effective are established. Enquiry based learning which if delivered in line with current educational research can effectively change a 48 hour duration taught module in to a 12 week long student centred project. The latter is deemed as having greater potential effect, allowing a single module to engage a learner to attaining levels of advanced skills and knowledge, with learners potentially being stimulated to continue developing beyond the 12 week period. A building conservation module delivered at a UK university to predominantly undergraduate building surveyors is evaluated, and using its academic output and learner perception data was found to be potentially a model for a successful vehicle. Conclusions acknowledge this and concur with the view that a specialist module can have a significant impact, albeit not by itself enough to ensure future professional competency, upon the skills shortage if they are creatively delivered, using a learner centred pedagogy.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation
Publisher: Henry Stewart Publications
ISSN: 2046-9594
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: SN McLean
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2016 08:39
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2019 14:23

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