Bouncing back : Students learning through real-world experiences

Osborne, Lindy & Caldwell, Glenda Amayo (2015) Bouncing back : Students learning through real-world experiences. In Popovic, Vesna, Blackler, Alethea L., Luh, Ding-Bang, Nimkulrat, Nithikul, Kraal, Ben J., & Nagai, Yukari (Eds.) Proceedings of the 6th IASDR (The International Association of Societies of Design Research Congress), IASDR (The International Association of Societies of Design Research), Brisbane, Australia, pp. 1577-1587.

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The Bouncing Back research study, which began after the Queensland flooding in January 2011, has organically expanded through a number of architectural student design projects and exhibitions, which have sought to respond to catastrophic flooding events. In September 2011, 10 Queensland University of Technology architecture students travelled to Sydney to help construct a 1:1 true-to-life scale shelter, for the Emergency Shelter Exhibition at Customs House in Circular Quay. During the construction of the shelter, data were collected in situ, through dynamic interviews with the students. Using a grounded theory methodology, data were coded and then thematically analysed, to reveal three influential factors that positively impacted the students’ learning in this informal context. These were the student experience, the process of learning through physical making/fabrication, and development of empathy with the community. Analysis of these three factors demonstrated how this informal situated learning activity promoted vitally important learning in a real-world context, which is difficult to replicate in a physical on-campus environment.

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ID Code: 87715
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Architectural Education, Informal Learning, Student Experience, Learning Through Making, Community Empathy, Real-world Context, HERN
ISBN: 978-0-646-94318-3
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) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
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
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 24 Sep 2015 22:18
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2016 18:49

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