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Advanced design research and the teaching-research nexus


Hornblow, M and Power, J and Binte Mohd Sham, DS and Yip, E and Hindrum, S, Advanced design research and the teaching-research nexus, Teaching Matters 2018, 21 November 2018, University of Tasmania, pp. 39-40. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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The University of Tasmania’s Master of Architecture course work program has a suite of units dedicated to introducing students to research. Advanced Design Research 2, a 12.5 credit point unit, is the final in a couplet of units that unpacks research skills and enables students to operate as small research teams attached to a project. In this unit, students focus on the communication aspect of the learning and research completed in the Semester 1 unit. The projects undertaken conform with Frayling’s (1993) research ‘for/through/into’ design model. This allows for a variety of investigative approaches and output/outcome types. Research for design could involve ‘gathering reference materials to inform an understanding of the design issues at the core of the project - or Research into Design - exploring historical or theoretical ideas’ (Owen & Norrie, 2013, p. 229). ‘Many projects also involve some component of design speculation or artefact production which is Research through Design’ (Norrie & Owen, 2013, p. 229).

The ‘Bio-fabrication’ selective focused on SCOBY is demonstrative of the teaching-research nexus and builds on a previous Teaching Development Grant and work undertaken in a Dean’s Summer Research Scholarship. The process is also a clear demonstration of research through design with the generation of speculative outputs and prototypes as tangible artefacts of the learning. The nexus approach is arguably at the ‘strong’ end of the [learning-research nexus] spectrum because ‘the research shapes the learning task and there is a perceived ‘two-way’ relationship between academic and student’ (Owen & Norrie, 2013, p. 229).

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:SCOBY, biodesign, research through design, learning-research nexus
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Design
Research Field:Interaction and experience design
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable construction activities
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable construction activities not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hornblow, M (Dr Michael Hornblow)
UTAS Author:Power, J (Dr Jacqueline Power)
UTAS Author:Binte Mohd Sham, DS (Ms Diyannah Binte Mohd Sham)
UTAS Author:Yip, E (Mr Yip Eng)
UTAS Author:Hindrum, S (Mrs Sonja Hindrum)
ID Code:129350
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2018-11-26
Last Modified:2018-11-28
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