Investigating digital technological competencies amongst Black Asian Minority Ethnic construction students in the UK

Balogun, TB, Awonuga, O and Abowen-Dake, R ORCID: 2021, 'Investigating digital technological competencies amongst Black Asian Minority Ethnic construction students in the UK' , Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology .

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Purpose – This study aims to investigate Digital Technology (DT) competencies, training and awareness amongst Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) construction student in the UK. Design/methodology/approach – This study uses a quantitative online survey to investigate both BAME Construction Undergraduates Graduate Students (CUGS) and staff studying on and teaching on Construction programmes. The investigation examined their opinions as to their own awareness of their competencies and training regarding DT. Findings – Findings indicate that BAME CUGS were mostly “very proficient” in the use of basic DT, such as required to complete an authentic assessment that typifies a real-life scenario. For example, sending and receiving emails, excel, word, computer literacy/basic IT skills, browsing searching materials, Powerpoint, specialist IT skills, mobile devices, tablet and social media handles. However, findings revealed that training awareness and competencies in new DT is shallow, and BAME CUGS are probably not ready for the digitalised construction world. Respondents were mainly within the “probably aware” range, and very few were within the “definitely aware” range, on the Likert scale adopted. New DTs that fell within the “definitely aware” range are BIM, offsite construction and manufacturing, 3D printing, cloud computing and collaboration. Originality/value – The study provides valuable recommendations useful for Higher Education (HE) institutions, industry, and government. Recommendations provided include a need to review and update the current curriculum, robust partnership between academia and industry, increase government funding, upskilling and training staff in the new DT. Research limitations/implications – It is acknowledged that expanding the sample size to other universities and exploring BAME industry professionals' narratives could further enrich the discussion. However, these limitations did not impact the robust practical and theoretical implications provided to CUGS, HE sectors, University staff, and industry emerging from the analysis and findings achieved in the study. Still, it is being recommended for future work to consider.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1726-0531
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Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2021 09:17
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:43

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