“Off-Piste Pedagogy”: Construction Site Visits for Undergraduate Civil Engineers

Mike Murray, Stuart Tennant

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Undertaking construction site visits with undergraduate civil engineers can assist students to acclimatise to the realities of construction contracting practice. Construction site visits allow students to meet project personnel and observe the construction technology whilst benefiting from additional learning associated with risk and commercial issues in real-time. Whilst the provision of construction site visits can present various logistical problems related to the site and university custom, they do provide a number of educational benefits. The data collection required students to complete post visit questionnaires designed to elicit both positive and negative attributes associated with each visit. This paper provides an analysis of the questionnaires returned by the students enrolled on a civil engineering course. Recommendations are made for academics and practitioners on what may be done to ensure a successful site visit and the authors discuss opportunities for contextual learning before, during and after construction site visits are undertaken.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Symposium on Engineering Education - Interdisciplinary Engineering - Breaking Boundaries
Subtitle of host publicationISEE 2016 Conference Proceedings
EditorsPlaton Kapranos
PublisherUniversity of Manchester
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9930611-1-0
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2016
EventISEE 6th International Symposium for Enginering Education - University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Jul 201615 Jul 2016


ConferenceISEE 6th International Symposium for Enginering Education
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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