Incorporating the practicum into the MSc learning experience

Vaughan, Laura and Dalton, Ruth (2008) Incorporating the practicum into the MSc learning experience. In: UCL's Teaching & Learning Conference and Exhibition (TILT) 2008, 15 April - 17 April 2008, London.

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The theory and techniques of space syntax have been built into a theoretical and analytic course that has run for over 35 years at UCL: the MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies. We describe our recent use of group work and action learning to assist postgraduate architectural students in transforming their previously intuitive understanding of social/spatial form into an approach framed by critical thinking and supported by scientific evidence. We show how the active engagement of students with pre-set texts within a tutor-led practicum ensures a thorough grounding in spatial, social and anthropological theories. The practica create a dynamic learning environment and are particularly good for helping students engage with challenging concepts. We find that providing a variety of learning modalities suits the diverse range of learning experiences students bring to the course, including those from non-native English backgrounds. The teaching framework also assists the students in becoming reflective architectural practitioners.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: reflective practice, space syntax, practicum
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K200 Building
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2011 15:51
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 00:20

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