Creative Discipline in Education and Architecture: Story of a School

Bellfield, Tom and Burke, Catherine and Cullinan, Dominic and Dyer, Emma and Szynalska McAleavey, Karolina (2018) Creative Discipline in Education and Architecture: Story of a School. In: Making Education: Material School Design and Educational Governance. Educational Governance Research . Springer, Springer, Cham, pp. 119-136. ISBN 978-3-319-97019-9, 978-3-319-97019-6

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The relationship between school buildings and their pedagogies is complex. There is a consensus that the built environment through its structure and organisation can impact education, but it is often unclear or unknown how this happens in individual cases. Here we examine one design process, which led to the construction of a secondary school in England. Driven by an ethos of collaboration, it resulted in a structure that aimed to favour the students, and not the institution’s need for controlling them, and it supports collaborative project-based learning.
We discuss in detail the design epistemology (’creative discipline’) of the architectural practice that facilitated this process, and the employed method (‘spin painting’ diagrams). We argue that this unique procedure was a catalyst for stimulating collective decision-making and the visual method employed was a tool for translating the pedagogical model into a tangible structure. It was invented specifically to facilitate generating a shared vision as a necessary condition of compatibility between the school’s educational approach and the building’s affordances for learning.

Keywords:Collaboration, creative discipline, design methodology, participatory design, school's spatial organisation
Subjects:X Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K190 Architecture not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts
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Deposited On:19 Feb 2019 12:45

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