Dual focus on study trips

DS 62: Proceedings of E&PDE 2010, the 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - When Design Education and Design Research meet ..., Trondheim, Norway, 02.-03.09.2010

Year: 2010
Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B
Author: Thomsen, Bente Dahl
Page(s): 586-591


In a time of increased demands for documented learning and increased requirements for accreditation of educations based on research, it is unfortunate that the numerous registrations and experiences connected to study trips are not used to disseminate the latest knowledge and to support research findings to a greater extent. Field study instructions for registration within architecture and design, which we are currently developing, specify a didactic grip, structure the collected material and link recorded observations to testing methods. Moreover, the instructions prepare the ground for reflections or analyses and dissemination of observations. The field study instructions are designed in a manner that enables them to deal with current professional issues and thereby contribute to the collection of the latest knowledge. The aim is that the presentation of this knowledge and the gained experience will be of such quality that professionals can benefit from registration when starting up projects. Study trip reports may thus provide a basis for sponsor support. This study looks at the possibilities inherent in study trips, both as a teaching tool and as a tool for gathering knowledge. In this context, the tests of field study instructions have identified that some instructions are appropriate for implementing registrations in connection with study trips, and that some are not.

Keywords: Study trip, research trip, registration, design, architecture


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