Education for sustainability in construction management curricula

Lim, Yin Sin, Xia, Bo, Skitmore, Martin, Gray, Jason, & Bridge, Adrian (2015) Education for sustainability in construction management curricula. International Journal of Construction Management, 15(4), pp. 321-331.

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In response to the call for sustainability education in construction courses, higher education institutions have started to incorporate sustainability components into their construction courses to some extent. This research aims to investigate sustainability embedded in construction management (CM) courses using the Queensland University of Technology as a case study. A content analysis of its CM course structure, unit aims, learning objectives and lecture materials is conducted to examine the sustainability elements incorporated into the CM curriculum. The results show that the course incorporates sustainability components into the existing course structure mainly through horizontal integration, embedding sustainability into general units rather than as an add-on subject. Additionally, the sustainability topics embedded in the course cover a comparatively broad and balanced range of sustainability categories, i.e. background knowledge, policies and regulations, environmental issues, social issues and economic issues as well as technology and innovation, although social sustainability aspects need to be further strengthened. This research addresses the need for urgency in the development of an effective sustainability education framework for construction courses. It is expected that the findings from this study will facilitate the improvement of sustainability education in construction courses generally.

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ID Code: 86136
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Education for sustainability, Content analysis, Construction management, Construction industry, Australia, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/15623599.2015.1066569
ISSN: 1562-3599
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Construction Management on 27 Jul 2015, available online:
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2015 00:15
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2017 16:14

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