Learning environments – Laboratories at the cross roads

Rasmussen, Gary N. & Topoonyanont, Nopmanee (2004) Learning environments – Laboratories at the cross roads. In Patil, Arun S. (Ed.) UICEE 2004 : UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education Annual Conference, 9-13 February 2004, Mumbai, India. (Unpublished)


Laboratories and technical hands on learning have always been a part of Engineering and Science based university courses. They provide the interface where theory meets practice and students may develop professional skills through interacting with real objects in an environment that models appropriate standards and systems. Laboratories in many countries are facing challenges to their sustainable operation and effectiveness. In some countries such as Australia, significantly reduced funding and staff reduction is eroding a once strong base of technical infrastructure. Other countries such as Thailand are seeking to develop their laboratory infrastructure and are in need of staff skill development, management and staff structure in technical areas.

In this paper the authors will address the need for technical development with reference to work undertaken in Thailand and Australia. The authors identify the roads which their respective university sectors are on and point out problems and opportunities. It is hoped that the cross roads where we meet will result in better directions for both.

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ID Code: 59714
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: laboratories, experiential, technical, management, systems
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education
Deposited On: 06 May 2013 22:33
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015 00:50

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