Construction Contract Study in Technical Education

by Richard P. Maher, Assoc. Prof. of Building Construction and Architecture; Texas A&M Univ., College Station, Tex.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 1, Pg. 41-49

Document Type: Journal Paper


Because of the importance of the contract as the medium serving the construction industry, the writer believes that students in professional and technical schools should be taught about the construction contract. Students about to enter the industry should study the contract much more thoroughly, particularly its formation and use as an implement of performance. It seems that, if the student is to be the future formulator and administrator of contracts, this is a subject of as much importance in his formal education as any other subject. In relation to the present day construction industry, it is probably of the greatest impotance. The subject of contract being so broad calls for honest evaluation by the technical educator both as to the extent of the study and also to its specialty. It is suggested here that the study of the construction contract be based on the elemental theory of contract. Extensions of the theory to practical application should become a major field of study within the technical curricula.

Subject Headings: Students | Contracts | Education | Construction industry | Field tests | School buildings | Industries | Curricula

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