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A Pedagogical Framework for Managing Miscellany

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This paper proposes a pedagogical perspective and practices that privilege inclusive methods with the aim of preparing students to respond to and manage dynamic conditions, circumstances, and social complexities—what the authors call “miscellany”—and fostering a collaborative environment that models “communities of practice.” Rather than frame classroom design activities around design problems and resolutions (solutions) as is typical, the authors privilege designing. The process of discovering possibilities and reaching conclusions (in the form of artifacts and/or designed systems), is grounded in performative and reflective practices that are inherently social, constant, and consistent. The paper describes some of the authors’ experiences writing educational studio courses that engage in the development of a community of practice through experimental course structures, critique methods, and project framing.

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design, design pedagogy, community of practice, situated learning

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A Pedagogical Framework for Managing Miscellany

This paper proposes a pedagogical perspective and practices that privilege inclusive methods with the aim of preparing students to respond to and manage dynamic conditions, circumstances, and social complexities—what the authors call “miscellany”—and fostering a collaborative environment that models “communities of practice.” Rather than frame classroom design activities around design problems and resolutions (solutions) as is typical, the authors privilege designing. The process of discovering possibilities and reaching conclusions (in the form of artifacts and/or designed systems), is grounded in performative and reflective practices that are inherently social, constant, and consistent. The paper describes some of the authors’ experiences writing educational studio courses that engage in the development of a community of practice through experimental course structures, critique methods, and project framing.