Educating Students for the Collaborative Workplace: Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning on Accredited Construction Courses

Alex J. W. MacLaren (Lead / Corresponding author), Mark Wilson, Rachel Simmonds, Alison Pryde Hamilton, John McCarthy , Andrew Milligan

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This article addresses the provision of interdisciplinary learning opportunities for students enrolled on Built Environment, Design and Construction courses in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), drawing from a variety of case studies based in the UK. The article cites published literature from across disciplinary boundaries, demonstrating a need for, and an interest in, interprofessional collaborative learning. Case studies of seven projects from four UK HEIs are reviewed and strategies compared. The studies demonstrate the value of such teaching; the context within which the teaching is provided; some examples of good practice; of disincentives and of barriers; and student feedback. Key shared characteristics begin to suggest a taxonomy of collaborative projects. The article concludes with suggested actions and/or strategies that could be employed by Schools, HEIs and/or Institutions to further incentivise such teaching.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-202
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Construction Education and Research
Issue number3
Early online date13 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017



  • collaborative learning
  • interprofessional learning
  • multidisciplinary
  • built environment
  • design

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