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Research knowledge transfer into teaching in the built environment

Senaratne, S; Kagioglou, M; Amaratunga, RDG; Baldry, D; Aouad, GF; Bowden, A


S Senaratne

M Kagioglou

RDG Amaratunga

D Baldry

GF Aouad

A Bowden


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.


Senaratne, S., Kagioglou, M., Amaratunga, R., Baldry, D., Aouad, G., & Bowden, A. (2005). Research knowledge transfer into teaching in the built environment. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 12(6), 587-600.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2005
Deposit Date Sep 11, 2007
Journal Engineering Construction and Architectural Management
Print ISSN 0969-9988
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 6
Pages 587-600
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