Research knowledge transfer into teaching in the built environment

Sepani Senaratne (Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BUHU), School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Mike Kagioglou (Salford Centre for Research Innovation (SCRI) in the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Dilanthi Amaratunga (Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BUHU), School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
David Baldry (Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BUHU), School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Ghassan Aouad (Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BUHU), School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Andy Bowden (Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BUHU), School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, Salford, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Publication date: 1 December 2005

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.

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Citation

Senaratne, S., Kagioglou, M., Amaratunga, D., Baldry, D., Aouad, G. and Bowden, A. (2005), "Research knowledge transfer into teaching in the built environment", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 12 No. 6, pp. 587-600. https://doi.org/10.1108/09699980510634146

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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