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ERIC Number: EJ980230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Lost in Translation: Reconsidering Reflective Practice and Design Studio Pedagogy
Mewburn, Inger
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v11 n4 p363-379 Oct 2012
Drawing on empirical research done in the early 1980s, Donald Schon developed the theory of "reflective practice", putting forward the idea that the design studio teacher is a "coach" who helps students align with disciplinary norms and start to "think like an architect". Drawing on actor-network theory as a tool of analysis and way of thinking, this article outlines an alternative, "performative" account of design pedagogy which both challenges and adds to Schon's explanations of design teaching and learning. Close examination of teachers and students in action shows the teacher to be but one of a host of human and non-human actors, all of whom work to assemble what we call a design studio. Learning to "think like an architect" is but one possible outcome of this assembling process. (Contains 2 figures and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia