Industrial work placement in higher education: a study of civil engineering student engagement

Tennant, S., Murray, M., Gilmour, B. and Brown, L. (2018) Industrial work placement in higher education: a study of civil engineering student engagement. Industry and Higher Education, 32(2), pp. 108-118. (doi: 10.1177/0950422218756384)

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Abstract

For civil engineering undergraduates, the opportunity to spend a period of time in formal industrial work placement provides an invaluable learning experience. This paper reviews student engagement with short-term industrial placement and provides analysis of questionnaires (n=174) returned by undergraduates studying civil engineering at four Higher Education Institutes (HEI’s) in the West of Scotland. The data captures industrial placement statistics, employability skill-sets and presents brief testimonies from students. Whilst the journey to becoming a professional civil engineer is undoubtedly enhanced by short-term placement clear opportunities exist for HEI’s to affect and change existing pedagogical discourse. Commentary is likely to resonate beyond civil engineering and serve as a timely reminder of the need to re-invigorate academia / industry curriculum partnerships.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brown, Mrs Linda
Authors: Tennant, S., Murray, M., Gilmour, B., and Brown, L.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:Industry and Higher Education
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:0950-4222
ISSN (Online):2043-6858
Published Online:19 March 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Industry and Higher Education 32(2):108-118
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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