Reimagining site-walks: Sites for rich learning

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Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 2015, 20 (1), pp. 19 - 30
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© Institution of Engineers Australia, 2015. This paper presents the preliminary results of a multi-phased qualitative investigation of continuing professional learning. The study focused on the identifi cation of common engineering practices that contribute to learning. This paper examines a particular practice, that of the site-walk. It draws on practice theory, an emerging set of conceptual resources used in workplace learning research. Data was elicited via qualitative methods such as interviews, focus groups and site visits with experienced engineers employed in a large Australian engineering company. It was analysed using the lens of practice theory. The fi ndings suggest that site-walks, while an everyday practice for engineers, are also highly learning-rich. This understanding has implications for continual professional learning, and for educators of novice engineers.
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