eCite Digital Repository

Construction safety simulations and students' perception of stress


Jaeger, M and Adair, D, Construction safety simulations and students' perception of stress, Engineering Education 2020: Meet the future - Proceedings of the 40th SEFI Conference, 23-26 September, Thessaloniki, Greece, pp. 1-8. ISBN 978-2-87352-005-2 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

Not available

Not available

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2012 SEFI

Official URL:


It has been stated that safety education, as a priority for construction management students, often has not been high. Safety education can be fairly unreal in that it focuses exclusively on safety issues and safety training, which is primarily based on safety rules, and does not lead to the required improvement.

For construction managers in real world situations, safety issues can be side issues interwoven into other activities, which are usually given priority. This leads to ill-structured and complex workplace problems which has implications for engineering education in that students should be required to learn how to reconcile and manage conflicting constraints. The authors of this paper propose to supplement safety education with simulations of real world construction situations, which include social aspects such as communication with other project members, tasks not directly related to safety issues, and stress caused by time pressure. However, a question arises, 'How do students perceive an increased level of stress caused by the simulation'?

The remainder of the paper summarizes the background regarding stress in simulations and learning, followed by the paper's purpose, method, discussion and conclusions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:simulation, construction safety, stress, learning
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Civil engineering
Research Field:Construction engineering
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Jaeger, M (Dr Martin Jaeger)
UTAS Author:Adair, D (Dr Desmond Adair)
ID Code:83993
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2013-04-08
Last Modified:2017-03-15

Repository Staff Only: item control page