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Incorporating the practicum into the MSc learning experience

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Published
Publication date2008
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventUCL's Teaching & Learning Conference and Exhibition (TILT) 2008 - UCL, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 15/04/200816/04/2008

Conference

ConferenceUCL's Teaching & Learning Conference and Exhibition (TILT) 2008
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period15/04/0816/04/08

Abstract

The theory and techniques of space syntax have been built into a theoretical and analytic course that has run for over 35 years at UCL: the MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies. We describe our recent use of group work and action learning to assist postgraduate architectural students in transforming their previously intuitive understanding of social/spatial form into an approach framed by critical thinking and supported by scientific evidence. We show how the active engagement of students with pre-set texts within a tutor-led practicum ensures a thorough grounding in spatial, social and anthropological theories. The practica create a dynamic learning environment and are particularly good for helping students engage with challenging concepts. We find that providing a variety of learning modalities suits the diverse range of learning experiences students bring to the course, including those from non-native English backgrounds. The teaching framework also assists the students in becoming reflective architectural practitioners.