So what do Design students really think? Exploring perceptions of Learning Landscapes

Barbour, Louise, Osborne, Lindy, & Caldwell, Glenda Amayo (2013) So what do Design students really think? Exploring perceptions of Learning Landscapes. In Reitan , Janne Beate, Lloyd, Peter, Bohemia, Erik, Nielsen, Liv Merete, Digranes, Ingvild, & Lutnæs, Eva (Eds.) Proceedings of DRS // CUMULUS Oslo 2013 : Design Learning for Tomorrow - Design Education from Kindergarten to PhD : The 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers, Design Research Society, Oslo, Norway, pp. 917-930.

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This paper investigates learning environments from the view of the key users - students. Recent literature on designing Learning Landscapes indicates a near absence of the student voice, assuming that the majority of students are either uninterested or unable to express what they want or need, in a learning environment. The focus of this research is to reveal Architecture and Fashion Design students’ perceptions of their learning environments. Furthermore, this study questions the appropriateness of usual design of learning spaces for Design students, or if the environment needs to be specifically catered for the learning of different disciplines of Design, such as Architecture and Fashion Design. Senior Architecture and Fashion Design students were invited to participate in a qualitative mixed method study, including investigation into existing literature, questionnaires, focus groups and spontaneous participatory research. Through the analysis of data it was found that students’ perceptions validate discipline specific learning environments and contribute towards the development of a framework for the design of future Learning Landscapes, for Design education.

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ID Code: 57356
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Learning Landscapes, Students’ Perceptions, Design, Architecture, Fashion, Studio, HERN
ISBN: 978-82-93298-02-1
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Textile and Fashion Design (120306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
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Deposited On: 19 Feb 2013 00:29
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