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Undergraduate design learning in multiple partnerships: joined up design for academies

Butcher, J. and Schaber, F. (2013) Undergraduate design learning in multiple partnerships: joined up design for academies. International Journal of Technology and Design Education. 23(3), pp. 567-579. 0957-7572.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This article reports research into undergraduate design learning through an off-campus partnership. The Sorrell Foundation’s Joinedupdesign for Academies programme involved partnerships between university design departments, ‘failing’ 11–18 schools and professional designers, in the context of a funding commitment to rebuild/renew school buildings in the UK, and an ideological commitment to remodel schools as ‘Academies’. We investigated the impact on 12 undergraduate Design students’ learning as they partnered pupils at two secondary schools in a live regeneration project, following both schools’ redesign/relaunch as ‘Academies’. Using a mixed methods case study approach, we report the acquisition of a wide range of employability skills, vital for professional designers, through an innovative learning model in which pupils act as clients. In terms of design education, these partnerships provided a rare and authentic exposure to the complex demands of publicly-funded work for undergraduate design students, and as such offer a new and potentially interesting model for experiential design education, which bridges campus and off-campus learning.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design education, employability skills, partnerships, case study, undergraduate team learning
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of Education > LC237 College-university and the community
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. Illustration > NC390 Study and teaching
Creators: Butcher, John and Schaber, Friedemann
Publisher: Springer
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Education, Training and Skills
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > China and Emerging Economies Centre
Research Centres > China and Emerging Economies Centre

Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Design & Photography
Date: August 2013
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 567-579
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Technology and Design Education
Volume: 23
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 0957-7572
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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