The Neue Sehen (New Vision) of Future Design Education

Trueman, Julie and Adams, Roderick (2019) The Neue Sehen (New Vision) of Future Design Education. In: The IAFOR Conference on Educational Research and Innovation (ERI2019). IAFOR.

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Limited research has been published from academics in design exploring how degrees of ‘closeness’ affect learning and teaching, though scholars in economic geography have postulated the “death of geography” as a result of digitization. To justify the importance of spatial immediacy in developing experiential qualitative learning, Northumbria University initiated an Open Studio at The Bauhaus, Dessau with interior design students, to gain pedagogical insights into the relationships between environmental volume, human interaction and spatial adjacency. Firstly, students interrogated new spatial principles comparing teaching and transitional spaces against the properties of these environments that assist formal and informal learning. The resulting wall friezes, diagrams and models defined how space 'within' and ‘without’ the design studio can inform, perform and reform the knowledge experience. Secondly, a series of drawing exercises investigated the potential impact of physical closeness versus distant digital instruction (organizational proximity) on effective communication and learning. These mimicked learning settings used by current design students: email-based discussion, face-to-face studio collaboration and communication via social media. The results indicated that distant digital learning was significantly misleading and revealed how variation in human proximities can influence learning with unique and powerful effects, particularly in relation to perceived versus actual distance between peers, tutors and environment. We propose to extend this line of enquiry with a ‘digital proximity’ workshop, advocating a new relevance for physical versus distant learning in education to trigger and justify new styles of scholarship, underpinned by the philosophy of Gropius to create "the new construction of the future together”.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pedagogy, Learning, Proxemics
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 13:27
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2021 15:00

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