Experiential learning in cost estimating

David Lowe, Martin Skitmore

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This paper investigates experiential learning theory and the current perception of experiential factors in the accuracy of pre-tender cost prediction. It compares the preferred learning styles of a sample of experienced pretender cost estimators with those of novice quantity surveyors and investigates how estimators have developed as a result of their experiences. Experiential factors, those which stimulate personal development in pre-tender estimators, are considered and a mechanism to improve the accuracy of pre-tender estimates is proposed linking experiential learning theory with the introduction of feedback and self-monitoring systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-431
Number of pages9
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • Cost estimating
  • experience
  • experiential learning
  • expertise
  • feedback
  • quantity surveyor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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