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Validating a direction adopted in a basic design studio based on the principles of constructivism [ITU J Faculty Arch]
ITU J Faculty Arch. 2019; 16(2): 105-123 | DOI: 10.5505/itujfa.2019.43760  

Validating a direction adopted in a basic design studio based on the principles of constructivism

Arulmalar Ramaraj, Jothilakshmy Nagammal
Department of Architecture, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India

With an intention to adopt principles of ‘constructivist pedagogy’ integrated with an objective to foster thinking skills, ‘process oriented outcomes’ were adopted in a basic design studio during the session June – November 2016 at the Department of Architecture, Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, India. It was about the framing of informal activities prior to design task was to encourage the novices to unravel the spirit of the design problem intangibly. The students documented the creative processes and outcomes associated with all the tasks. We discussed, gave inputs, monitored and examined both the processes and the outcomes regularly. At the end of the semester, outcomes along with the processes were evaluated by four experts. Even though the evaluation by us as well as the jury members displayed a strong correlation, the evaluation process was intuitive. With an intention to gather diverse opinions from staff members, the processes and outcomes of the tasks were presented at a faculty development programme in November 2016. At the training programme, pre and post tests were conducted to analyze the knowledge constructed by the participants. Open ended collective tasks based on cubism paintings were planned and conducted. The ideas, concepts, processes and outcomes evolved by the teachers were documented. The findings obtained through the qualitative and quantitative analysis adopting an exploratory confirmatory method. The findings post that the direction adopted in the basic design to be an approach to incorporate principles of constructivism.

Keywords: Constructivism, Basic design studio, Students, Teachers, Exploratory confirmatory study, Validation


Arulmalar Ramaraj, Jothilakshmy Nagammal. Validating a direction adopted in a basic design studio based on the principles of constructivism. ITU J Faculty Arch. 2019; 16(2): 105-123

Corresponding Author: Arulmalar Ramaraj, India


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