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ERIC Number: ED187711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Design of Design: An Ethnographic Study of Curriculum Construction--Findings and Research Issues.
Janesick, Valerie J.
An ethnographic approach was used to examine the development, over 14 months, of a design curriculum for third-year architecture students. Issues concerning methods of curriculum inquiry and the formation of theory from case study data are also addressed. The major conclusion of this case study is that the teacher was the curriculum. He is described as a professional architect-turned-teacher, who planned, implemented, and analyzed a design curriculum based on his theory of design--encompassing function, structure, and aesthetics. Examples of his style in evaluating students' work are also recorded. The author feels that the ethnographic techniques used in this study--participant observation, in-depth interview, key informant data, and specimen records-- enable the researcher to understand the architect's world from the architect's point of view. This approach is recommended for other curriculum studies. (Author/GDC)
Descriptors: Architectural Education, Building Design, Case Studies, Classroom Observation Techniques, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Research, Educational Philosophy, Ethnography, Field Studies, Higher Education, Interviews, Research Methodology, Teacher Role, Teaching Styles
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).