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Title: A role-play approach for teaching research methodology in construction management
Authors: Hartmann, Andreas 
Dorée, André 
Martin, Ludwig 
Keywords: Education;Research Methodology;Role-play
Issue Date: 2008
Source: Hartmann, A., Dorée, A., & Martin, L. (2008). A role play approach for teaching research methodology in construction management. In A. Dainty (Ed.), 24th Annual ARCOM Conference (pp. 1-3).
Abstract: Assignments for 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
Description: Hartmann, A, Dorée A, and Martin, L (2008) A Role-play approach for teaching research methodology in construction management. In: Dainty, A (Ed) Procs 24th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2008, Cardiff, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 933-942. Link: [untranslated]
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