Research knowledge transfer into teaching in the built environment

Sepani Senaratne, Mike Kagioglou, Dilanthi Amaratunga, David Baldry, Ghassan Aouad, Andy Bowden

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Abstract

Purpose - There is no automatic link between research and teaching in higher education institutions. Hence, in order to achieve a productive relationship, these two activities need to be linked through effective mechanisms. The research reported in this paper aims at identifying such strategies that are appropriate to a research-based department, in the built environment discipline. Design/methodology/approach - The paper identifies key issues related to this challenge through a literature review, and subsequently verifies those issues through an exploratory case study. Findings - The key finding from the study is that research-based departments are poor at transferring their research knowledge into teaching especially at undergraduate level. Even though there are informal strategies in existence, there is a strong need for formalising them. The paper utilises knowledge transfer and learning literature to fully understand the process. Originality/value - Drawing from the findings, the study develops a framework to enable the knowledge transfer from research into teaching. The framework provides useful guidance for research-based higher education departments in the built environment to transfer research knowledge into teaching in a formal and productive way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-600
Number of pages14
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

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