A role-play approach for teaching reserach methodology


Hartmann, Andreas and Dorée, André and Martin, Ludwig (2008) A role-play approach for teaching reserach methodology. In: 24th ARCOM conference, 1-3 September 2008, Cardiff, UK, 1-3 September 2008, Cardiff, UK.

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Abstract:Assignments of Construction Management (CM) graduate programmes often require
students to carry out research on real-world problems. To prepare students for this
task, many CM-programmes contain a research methodology course. However, after
taking part in these courses, many students still lack the ability to define the scope of
their research problem and to find an appropriate research design. To counteract this
situation, a role-play approach to teach research methodology was designed in which
the students take on the role of "clients" and “researchers”. The role-play was
embedded in two research methodology courses at the University of Twente (The
Netherlands) and at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa). In
both cases the lecturers noticed that this exercise proved to be an effective instrument.
Students became more aware of the complexity of construction management
problems and were better able to define their research problem and design.
Furthermore, it helped to put research methodology into a more realistic and
pragmatic perspective
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