Contextual Learning

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  • Title: Contextual Learning: Communities of Practice and Situational Experience in Design Studios
  • Author(s): Toni Mackinnon
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review
  • Keywords: Community of Practice, Knowledge Sharing, Situated Learning, Learning Design, Learning Community
  • Volume: 5
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2010
  • ISSN: 1833-1866 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2473-5809 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/1833-1866/CGP/v05i04/35881
  • Citation: Mackinnon, Toni. 2010. "Contextual Learning: Communities of Practice and Situational Experience in Design Studios." The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review 5 (4): 225-232. doi:10.18848/1833-1866/CGP/v05i04/35881.
  • Extent: 8 pages

Abstract

In design and visual art studios at both undergraduate and post graduate level, students are encouraged to engage in individual research projects. This paper aims to explore the ways in which design studios can support students in individual research projects through forms of praxis that bring about effective learning communities. The paper will primarily employ Wenger’s and lave’s paradigm for building a community of practice as its frame of reference but proposes pragmatic approaches to address this within the contemporary design/art studio. The paper is centered around questions such as: How can Wenger and Lave’s situational learning ideas develop art and design teaching to accommodate the changing nature of students and their interests and goals, how can communities of practice both internal and external to the institution be beneficial in achieving educational goals and why should participation in a range of contexts be planned for and accommodated meaningfully in learning design?