Interdisciplinary Studies in Built Environment Education: A Case Study

Interdisciplinary Studies in Built Environment Education: A Case Study

Gerard Wood (University of Salford, UK) and Song Wu (University of Salford, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-889-0.ch025
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The School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford redesigned its undergraduate programmes to include multidisciplinary project work at all 3 levels. This chapter provides a case study of the development and implementation of the interdisciplinary module at final level catering for students from five different disciplines. Overall, students responded positively to the module and academic tutors and visiting practitioners were also positive about student performance, but thought insufficient time had been allocated for module delivery and management, which was demanding than the traditional lecture/tutorial pattern. The use of a dedicated website for communications was seen as a useful co-ordinating and cohesive device although the use of ICT could be significantly expanded. The greatest challenges concern operational difficulties associated with managing large numbers of students in teams, and composing clear requirements with associated assessment criteria.
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Disciplines and Professions Within the Built Environment

As Adam Smith predicted, the enormous expansion of economic activity in the 18th and 19th centuries encouraged a tendency towards increasing specialization, and with the rise of technology and occupational expertise, many groups began to claim professional status: architects, engineers and surveyors them. This fragmentation of disciplines within construction and real estate provided a degree of efficiency in the performance of the various tasks. However, by the second-half of the 20th century, the UK industry was plagued by conflict and characterised by a win-lose mentality, thereby becoming increasingly ineffective. Attempts to improve the management and co-ordination of projects had only a marginal impact on performance.

As a result several recent reports consistently and heavily criticised the industry as being unable to satisfy its clients, citing the relatively divisive nature of the construction industry in the UK when compared to Japan, USA and other European countries (Collier et al., 1991). A recurring conclusion was the need for greater collaboration amongst professionals. Attempts to encourage an interdisciplinary approach appeared to gather momentum through reports published by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Burton, 1992), the Construction Industry Council (Andrews & Derbyshire, 1993), Latham (1994) and conferences at the University of Cambridge (1991) and the University of Central England (1995).

In parallel, the significant growth in the use of partnering or alliancing systems of procurement also created a focus on: the identification of mutual objectives; robust problem resolution techniques; and systems to monitor continuous improvement in performance (Bennett & Jayes, 1998). All three would require substantially improved levels of co-operation between disciplines and project participants if partnering approaches were to be successfully implemented (Wood, 2005).

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Hugh Barr
Chapter 1
Steve Smith, Lynn Clouder
This chapter begins by considering the words used to discuss collaborative education. Although it can be argued that “practice” separates “a... Sample PDF
Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Learning: An Exploration of Similarities and Differences
Chapter 2
Adrian Bromage
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Understanding Interprofessional Expertise in Terms of Beliefs, Values and Attitudes
Chapter 3
Samuel Edelbring
In recent years computer technology has developed quickly as have cultural practices in society. However, educational practices with technology have... Sample PDF
A Threefold Framework for Relating to Innovations and Technology in Education: Learning from, with and about Technology
Chapter 4
Martin Oliver
This chapter explores developments in e-learning in colleges and universities, providing a context for the work that follows. Pedagogical... Sample PDF
Setting the Scene: E-Learning and the Evolution of Roles and Practices in Post-Compulsory Education
Chapter 5
Mark Childs
This chapter aims to provide a background to two aspects that figure prominently in later chapters of this book, by introducing many of the concepts... Sample PDF
Analysis and Description of Education Employing Technological Platforms: Terminology, Features and Models
Chapter 6
Marion Brown
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Critical Diversity Education to Promote Interprofessional Understanding : A Comparison of Student Experiences Between Face-to-Face and Online Delivery
Chapter 7
Heather Mac Neill, Scott Reeves, Elizabeth Hanna, Steve Rankin
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The Community of Inquiry Framework: A Pertinent Theory of Online Interprofessional Education?
Chapter 8
Patricia Solomon, Sue Baptiste
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Fundamentals of Interprofessional Communication: A Case Study of an Online Facilitated Learning Experience
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Lynn Clouder, Marie Krumins, Bernie Davies
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Leadership Online: Student Facilitated Interprofessional Learning
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Helen Bradbury, Melissa Highton, Rebecca O’Rourke
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Learning from Each Other?: Using Technology to Develop Collaborative Learning in Clinical Education
Chapter 11
Frances Gordon, Karen Booth, Helen Bywater
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Involving Service Users Through Digital Means to Enhance Interprofessional Learning
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Tarsem Singh Cooner
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Designing for Enquiry: Using Web 2.0 to Enable Mental Health Service User and Carer Involvement
Chapter 13
P. A. S. Bluteau, J. A. Jackson
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Developing an Interprofessional E-Learning Pathway: Leading Academics Through the Change Challenge
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Stephen Timmons, Heather Wharrad, Paraskevas Vezyridis, Jacqueline Randle, Joanne Lymn, Fiona Bath-Hextall
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Building and Sustaining Collaboration in Cross Sector E-Learning Development
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Dawn Forman, Marion Jones
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Overcoming the Barriers to Promoting Online Interprofessional Education
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Maggie Hutchings, Anne Quinney, Janet Scammell
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The Utility of Disruptive Technologies in Interprofessional Education : Negotiating the Substance and Spaces of Blended Learning
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Karen Harrison, Lorraine McFarland
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Achieving Interprofessional Health Education Through the Use of E-Resources: Exploring the Experience of two Different Undergraduate Professional Groups
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Marit Fougner, Laurence Habib
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A ‘Video Trigger,' but no Silver Bullet: An Actor-Network Analysis of an E-Learning Tool in Health Science Education
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Frances Gordon, Karen Booth, Helen Bywater
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Pedagogical Directions in Creating Interprofessional E-Learning Materials
Chapter 20
Richard Windle, Heather Wharrad
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Reusable Learning Objects in Health Care Education
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Heather Wharrad, Richard Windle
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Case Studies of Creating Reusable Inter Professional E-Learning Objects
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Helen M. Lynch, Kerry Trabinger
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Customisation and the Interprofessional Application of E-Learning Objects
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Karen Ousey, Stephen White
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A Case Study Exploring a Multi-Disciplinary Collaborative Initiative to Use E-Learning to Meet the Professional Learning Needs of Health and Social Care Practitioners
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Christine Dearnley, Melissa Owens, Pete Greasley, Caroline Plews
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Mixing Students Mixing Methods: Evaluating a Blended Approach to Interprofessional Education
Chapter 25
Gerard Wood, Song Wu
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Interdisciplinary Studies in Built Environment Education: A Case Study
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Nina Godson, Adrian Bromage
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The use of Personal Digital Assistants in Nursing Education
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Christine Dearnley, Stuart Walker, John Fairhall
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Accessible Mobile Learning: Exploring the Concept of Mobile Learning for All
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Elinor Clarke
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Exploring Interprofessional Educational Possibilities: A Case Study from a Virtual World
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Thinking Outside the Box  (pages 382-390)
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