Research as a kaleidoscope on practice

Barrett, PS and Barrett, LC 2003, 'Research as a kaleidoscope on practice' , Construction Management and Economics, 21 (7) , pp. 755-766.

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Insufficient attention is paid to the relationship between research and practice in construction. Those in industry want straightforward guidance, but inhabit a complex socially constructed world. As a result, they are often disappointed with the contribution of research, either because it is too theoretical or because the simple solutions suggested do not work. However, researchers have a valuable contribution to make owing to their opportunity for reflection, and it is proposed that this can be viewed in three different ways: as 'microscopes', 'telescopes' or 'periscopes' on practice. Each of these views involves different epistemologies and methodologies, but combining the three approaches in a Kaleidoscopic Research Model will allow differences to thrive and synergies to be sought. Only then will an effective dialogue develop where research impacts solidly and continuously on the improvement of practice, while at the same time practice constantly challenges and refreshes research.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Subjects / Themes > L Education > L Education (General)
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Construction Management and Economics
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 01446193
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2007 12:21
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 07:48

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