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Communication simulation in construction management education: evaluating learning effectiveness


Jaeger, M and Adair, D, Communication simulation in construction management education: evaluating learning effectiveness, Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 18, (1) pp. 1-14. ISSN 1325-4340 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Institution of Engineers Australia

DOI: doi:10.7158/D11-133.2012.18.1


Communicating effectively is one of the most important human factors in construction management. Students of undergraduate construction management units usually acquire this skill through traditional or problem-based learning approaches. However, these approaches have been found to have limitations. These limitations can be overcome by developing and applying a communication simulator based on an appropriate theoretical learning framework and construction management specific requirements. This paper shows the development of a communication simulator and its results regarding learning effectiveness in an undergraduate engineering program which was analysed using pre- and post-test experiments of an experimental group and a control group. The communication simulator is shown to have a statistically significant positive impact on learning effectiveness regarding communication in construction management. A special need for real-world scenarios was identified regarding the application of communication documents which communicate project responsibilities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:construction management, communication skills, simulation, learning effectiveness
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Engineering practice and education
Research Field:Engineering practice and education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Other construction
Objective Field:Other construction not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jaeger, M (Dr Martin Jaeger)
ID Code:83990
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2013-04-08
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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