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A QUT experience in combining sustainability research with educational activities and professional practice

Yang, Jay (2008) A QUT experience in combining sustainability research with educational activities and professional practice. In Haigh, R & Amaratunga, D (Eds.) Proceedings from International Conference on Building Education and Research (BEAR) "Building Resilience", School of the Built Environment, The University of Salford, United Kingdom, Damballa, Sri Lanka, pp. 376-384.

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Abstract

The paper discusses the development and delivery of a university subject on sustainable construction, using related research projects as case studies and learning materials. It exposed students from a variety of disciplines to real life scenarios, to group around project cases, and learn to work with one another in solving sustainable development problems. The problem based learning approach directly responds to the new trends of learning by practising which, in the area of sustainability education, is particularly appropriate because of the need for multidisciplinary approach to complex issues, and the impetus for research and development to provide timely input for education in this growing discipline with a relatively short history. Collaboration of students from cross-disciplines, the engagement of industry and practitioners, the concept of using project cases and student design competition, and the tangible improvement of students’ comprehension of the sustainability phenomenon as a whole, have been the highlights of this Australian experience.

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ID Code: 30555
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Sustainability, Education, Problem Based Learning, Construction Research, Practice, Teaching, Research
ISBN: 978-1-905732-36-4
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2010 22:39
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 14:00

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