Document Type

Conference Paper


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Publication Details

Proceeding of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2018, Belfast, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management.


Education programs these days especially in Construction Management have been designed and updated to response to market and stakeholder needs. However, there still exists a need for educators to understand how construction practitioners develop their expertise. Understanding the development of expertise is essential for providers of university education and training to enable them to develop programs to establish on which new professionals can better develop their appropriate expertise. This paper builds on earlier research and further explores how expertise develops in construction professionals. It also explores the similarities and differences in development of that expertise in construction practitioners from the perspective of knowledge from various regions, which includes Thailand, Australia and Ireland, through the use of interviews with active and experienced construction professionals. To understand how construction practitioners’, gain and use knowledge in their career can offer further extension to theorising about expertise in construction and through active application of this knowledge in courses and programs in AEC, enabling productive communication between industry and academia. AEC graduates in the future will need to be highly technical, adaptable, collaborative, good communicators and lifelong learners. The goal of creating those experiences that address these competences provides the modern academic with many challenges and those in industry have much to contribute to making this challenge more focused and appropriate.