Architectural Pedagogy, a new optional module convened by Dr. Henrik Schoenefeldt, has been introduced into the MArch programme. It is designed to provide stage five students with a formal programme in the teaching of architectural design and communication. Through this module students are to develop an understanding of the general principles of architectural pedagogy, first through practical experience with studio teaching in the first year undergraduate programme and second through research in the field of higher education.
The focus of the module is on teaching and learning models that are specific to architecture. It is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, group seminars and review sessions. Teaching and assessment of this module is divided into two components:
Component I: Theory
For the theory component students are tasked with producing an academic essay based on a topic in the field of architectural education. In these essays students explore a particular area of architectural education in greater depth. Through weekly lectures and a series of group tutorials students are introduced to (a) educational theories and models of architectural education (b) research methodologies in education and (c) practical pedagogical methods used in studio teaching.
Component II: Teaching Practice
For the practical component students take on the role of Teaching Assistants in the first year undergraduate programme under the supervision of a dedicated studio tutors and the module convenor. This year there are four studio tutors: David Moore, Rebecca Hobbs, Chris Gardener, Henry Sparks. The MArch students work closely with the studio tutors, but will be given enough independence to develop their own individual approaches to teaching and to provide the space for exploring various alternative methods. Following Donald Schön’s principles of reflective practice students are asked to demonstrate the ability to develop, deliver and critically review your own teaching sessions. The practical components is assessed on the basis of a weekly teaching diary through teaching observations and a reflective report on their overall teaching experience at the end of Spring Term.
Stage five students on field trip to Folkestone with the first year students and their main tutors
Shelter Project supervised by the first year tutorial team and the MArch students on the Pedagogy Module.
As such the module provides future architecture with the teaching skills and pedagogical understanding required to remain active in the education of architects whilst practicing.