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Teaching in practice : work integrated design learning and practice readiness for architecture students

conference contribution
posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Richard TuckerRichard Tucker, Hisham Elkadi
This literature review describes the theoretical basis for developing a pedagogical model of higher education/industry engagement for the built environment and related design disciplines, with a focus on architecture. In particular, attention is given to the conceptualisation informing the development of such a model as a form of work integrated learning (WIL). In the discussion, the use and development of WIL in architecture will be placed in the historical context of Cooperative Education as a whole. The objective of the paper is to present ideas about the way in which design education relocated to practice might better prepare students for professional life.

Aiming to capitalize on the work place as a location for authentic learning, the paper will propose a form of WIL that will be termed “Teaching in Practice” (TiP). A prime aim of such a model is to bridge the growing gap between academia and the profession by enabling students to learn design from practitioners within a practice environment. The paper will argue that TiP allows practitioners to have a direct influence on design education, and thus establishes connections between academia and the professions that ensure built environment education remains relevant to industry needs.



Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia International Conference : Architecture @ the Edge (2011 : Geelong, Vic.)


341 - 354


Deakin University, School of Architecture & Building


Geelong, Vic.

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Geelong, Vic.

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2011, Richard Tucker and Hisham Elkadi


H Elkadi, L Xu, J Coulson

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Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia

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