June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
10.113.1 - 10.113.8
ABANDONING THE LECTURE: USING JOB MEETINGS TO TEACH WITHIN AN INTERNATIONAL, PROJECT-BASED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
David Jan Cowan Indiana University/Purdue University/Indianapolis (IUPUI)
This paper looks at the notion that lecturing is not necessarily the most appropriate delivery method for Architectural Engineering Technology courses that rely heavily upon recreating the work environment within the classroom. The architectural project method is one that is time-tested in architectural design schools, yet has been less embraced within engineering and technology courses that tend to have a history of teacher-centered, lecture-based teaching methods. The project - based method also mimics the architectural industry, where information is often dispensed in meetings rather than in formal lectures. To create a realistic portrayal of industry, and to manage a unique project that will be discussed herein, job meetings were used to dispense information rather than teacher-centered lectures. The discussion in this paper is based upon the use of job meetings within a particular course: Residential Construction. The prime purpose of this course is to produce a set of working drawings for a wood framed house. This paper reflects upon a unique, international project developed for this course that involved three countries (Canada, the United States, and Indonesia). In an attempt to organize the large quantity of information that was generated through E-mails, digital photos and video conferences, job meetings were introduced into the classroom as a means of quickly relaying information and delivering course content. Rotating job captains were designated as information gate-keepers that had to organize and lead meetings. As the information dispensed from other students in other countries often lacked critical detail and finely-honed English, the job meetings served as a daily place to gain and sort out valuable information relevant to keep the project moving ahead. All of this was documented and kept within a learning portfolio/ binder that kept records of the paper chase throughout the project.
The following paper examines the notion that lecturing is not necessarily the most appropriate delivery method for Architectural Engineering Technology courses that rely heavily upon recreating the work environment within the classroom. In contrast to lecture based teaching, the project - based method (one that is time-tested in architectural design schools) mimics architectural industry, where information is often dispensed in meetings rather than in formal lectures.
This paper addresses the dearth of architectural research that focuses upon design methods and education. Most research done by architectural educators, as noted by Voyatzaki 1 “focuses on history, technology, social sciences and urban studies,… computer sciences and urban studies, and conservation.” Cross2, extends this even further by stating: “There is a near-
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Adamson, W., & Way, C., & Cowan, D. (2005, June), Abandoning The Lecture:Using Job Meetings To Teach Within An International, Project Based Learning Environment Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15323
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