Conference: Education, Design and Practice – Understanding skills in a Complex World
Place: Stevens Institute of Technology, New York / New Jersey
Dates: 17-19 June 2019
Abstracts: 01 Dec 2018 (Round One)
The relationship between education and practice in any discipline is complex. In an ever changing world, it is also in flux. Today, educators in the liberal arts still identify learning as an end unto itself, and designers still draw on ideas about intuitive knowledge. By contrast, business calls for graduates armed with the skills required in industry from day one. At the same time they value creative thinking and continual adaptation. In industry, managers focus on a foundational baseline and engineers and scientists are seen as pragmatic problem solvers.
These alternative perspectives have been reflected in multiple changes to the practice and structure of the education. One such example was the Boyer-Mitgang report which restructured architectural education in the US to reflect other professions. As in other sectors, it resulted in a ‘degree arms race’, with MAs and doctoral programs multiplying more rapidly than the research and teaching methods they required. At the same time, the ‘widening participation’ agenda produced an explosion of research and funding for new pedagogical approaches and initiatives. Attempts to fuse education with industry and business through university led partnership schemes also proliferated. More recently, changes in the financing of the HE sector in places like the UK, mean universities now stress educational efficiency and guarantees of graduate jobs.
Working within this context, educators have developed new and innovative ways to teach, they have embedded participatory citizenship into their pedagogy, have forged unique partnerships across disciplines and outside the academy, and much more. However, research into best practice learning and teaching in the classroom is still evolving and educational initiatives can sometimes be seen as contradicting on-the-job realities in practice. The Education, Design and Practice conference explores this complex and contradictory scenario from multiple perspectives, seeking examples best practice teaching and critique.
This conference deliberately seeks expertise from across multiple sectors.
It welcomes examples of current good practice across education sectors; calls for examples of innovative teaching and learning from different countries; and questions the role of academia in a broader economic framework.
It invites theorists in education and experts in pedagogy, scholars from the humanities, academics in the arts, and professionals from the social sciences. It seeks to construct a debate with practitioners from business and management. It welcomes policy makers concerned with the skills and knowledge needed by educators and practitioners. From specific disciplines it calls on academics from a multitude of sectors: educational leadership, psychology, sociology, art, design architecture, urbanism and landscape; engineering, construction, project management, health, media and communication and the sciences.
Soliciting case studies, research projects and examinations of educational practice, conference tracks will reflect the diversity of issues now facing the future of education and practice in industry. Areas of interest reflect the diversity of issues proposed.
These may include but are not limited to:
Best practice pedagogy | Creative exploration in the design studio | Experiential learning in the classroom and the workplace | Knowledge exchange and innovation | Neoliberal frameworks of learning and professionalism | Competitive advantage in practice and pedagogy | Expertise and legitimacy for specialists and teachers | People and professionals in the built environment | Collaborative learning and working behaviors | Upskilling the Industry and the academy | Challenging norms through teaching and learning | Continuing education and lifelong learning
01 Dec 2018: Abstract Submissions (Round One) * | 15 December 2018: Abstract Feedback
01 January 2018: Registration opens
01 April 2019: Abstract Submissions (Round Two) | 15 April 2019: Abstract Feedback
Conference: 17-19th June, 2019
30 July 2019: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable) | 30 October 2019: Feedback for publication | 10 December 2019: Publication begins
* Round One submissions allow for early review. This is open to all but is particularly useful for international delegates requiring a visa to attend the conference.
The conference welcomes case studies; design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations in various formats allowing people to attend in person, present virtually or have presentations permanently available via the AMPS Youtube channel:
Pre-recorded video (20 minutes) | Skype (20 minutes) | Conference Presentations (20 minutes) | Written Papers (3,000 words) *
* After review selected authors will be invited to extend their initial 3000 words paper to full book chapter or journal article length.
Delegates are given the option to present their work at conference either with or without an accompanying full written paper. If written papers are submitted they should be 3000 word length. Formatting instructions will be available at the time of the conference. All papers are double blind peer reviewed and will be include in the AMPS conference proceedings series, ISSN 2398-9467.
Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions of their papers for inclusion in the book series and journals collaborating with PARADE, a collaboration between AMPS and multiple publishers including:
Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Intellect Books, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press,Libri Publishing, UK, whose 2014 book, Design for a Complex World – Challenges in Design and Education, is the basis of this event.
Submissions and Registration:
Delegate Fee: $350 (£255)
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