Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Fourth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Competence-based learning and societal awareness: Building up experiences within the discipline of interior architecture
Nathalie Vallet, Inge Somers, Michel Corthaut

Last modified: 08-05-2018


By means of the bachelor proof, students of interior architecture of the University of Antwerp (Faculty of Design Sciences) are stimulated to design interiors for real-life public libraries in view of particular societal challenges. During three subsequent years the teaching staff elaborated a set of learning objectives and activities that jointly form a competence-based learning process focussed on the development of the societal awareness of design students. In this paper we report on the intermediate experiences of the teachning staff and the students as indicated by a set of mainly qualitative data. In short it concerns four lessons learned relating to the over- and underestimation of (i) disciplinary filters, (ii) comfort-zones, (iii) motivating complexities and (iv) copy-cat behavior.

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