Student-centred learning: the keystone of construction education?

Dowdle, DL, Murray, PE and Parker, M 2003, Student-centred learning: the keystone of construction education? , in: CIB W89 International Conference on Building Education and Research (BEAR), 9-11 April 2003, The Lowry, University of Salford.

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A great deal of research has been carried out investigating those criteria that contribute towards effective learning. A review of this literature carried out by De la Harpe (1999) may be represented by the ‘Learning Wheel’ illustrated below. It is suggested that satisfactory application of the eight criteria identified will significantly help create effective learners. The first part of this paper discusses each of the eight characteristics in turn and provides examples of how the School of Construction and Property Management at Salford and the School of Civil and Structural Engineering at Plymouth are applying these characteristics on their respective construction Programmes. The paper identifies number seven: ‘Effective Learners Take Responsibility for Their Learning’ as perhaps the most important of all eight characteristics – the ‘keystone’ of successful construction related education. One popular term for this characteristic is Student Centred Learning (SCL). The second part of this paper examines SCL in some detail in an attempt to demonstrate why it is crucial to the creation of independent, confident and articulate graduates who are able to ‘hit the ground running’ after commencing employment. This paper addresses the themes of teaching and learning best practice, case studies and experience of best practice and learning innovations as they impact on university level construction education.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Refereed: Yes
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Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2008 09:42
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:01

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