Perceptions of collaboration amongst novice design students

Crowther, Philip, Scott, Andrew, & Allen, Tom (2016) Perceptions of collaboration amongst novice design students. In Tucker, Richard (Ed.) Collaboration and Student Engagement in Design Education. IGI Global, Pennsylvania, United States of America, pp. 126-144.

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Abstract

This chapter presents a case study of a large common first year unit/subject in a major Australian university. The unit introduces students to the theory and practice of design through a learning environment that is brief and intense; being delivered in block mode over just four days, and being free of other academic commitments. Students choose from one of two concurrent environments, either a camping field trip or an on-campus alternative, and work in mixed discipline groups of six to nine students, on two sequential design projects. Participant survey and reflective journal data are used to analyse student perceptions of the learning activities and to establish the pedagogical success of learning about collaboration through the act of collaborating; specifically through a project-based design environment. The data supports the hypothesis that groups that emotionally engaged with collaboration and collaborated more effectively achieved higher academic grades.

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ID Code: 99572
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: design, education, collaboration, first year, statistics
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0726-0.ch006
ISBN: 9781522507260
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2017, IGI Global.
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Deposited On: 27 Sep 2016 23:24
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2017 02:38

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