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Learning-by-making in building science education


Dewsbury, M and Law, T and Wallis, L, Learning-by-making in building science education, Across: Architectural Research through to Practice - Proceedings of the 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 10-13 December 2014, Genoa, Italy, pp. 71-81. ISBN 978-0-9923835-1-0 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The School of Architecture & Design at the University of Tasmania has a long history of incorporating a ‘learning by making’ pedagogy to the teaching approach within building science, design studio and elective units. Its role within building science has increased and been reinforced by the Course and Unit review processes for two key reasons. Firstly, students’ prior knowledge and experience of building have significantly changed. Secondly, the influence and effect of constructivist learning model (Biggs & Tang, 2011) when ap-plied at course, year and unit level, resulting in unit content modifications. These processes have lead to a change in the order of building science content delivery and a strong inclusion of learning-by-making activities within three of the six undergraduate building technology in design units, (of which the author is the unit co-ordinator). This paper focuses on the use of the learning-by-making principles with the Building Technology in Design 1 unit. This paper will discuss the in-tended learning outcomes, the workshop based learning-by-making experience, and linkages to the assessment tasks.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:building science education, learning-by-making
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Building
Research Field:Building information modelling and management
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable construction activities
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable construction activities not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Dewsbury, M (Dr Mark Dewsbury)
UTAS Author:Law, T (Dr Tim Law)
UTAS Author:Wallis, L (Dr Louise Wallis)
ID Code:97964
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2015-01-22
Last Modified:2017-11-13

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