An examination of learning and application of sustainability principles in a collaborative setting

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2013-05

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ABSTRACT In this global era, sustainability has become a wide-ranging term used in local and global scale and applied to almost every facet of life on earth. In academia, finding the appropriate means to learn and apply sustainability principles is a challenging educational task that lead to what is often called ‘sustainability gap’. In this study, students from architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture are taught sustainability principles in a collaboration studio course. The purpose of this study is: 1) to understand the gap between learning and application of sustainability principles in collaborative pedagogic settings, 2) to examine the association between collaborative pedagogic setting and students' predisposition to be environmentally responsible during learning and application of the sustainability principles, and 3) to explore whether the symbiosis between sustainability and collaboration might be associated with the students' perception of innovation in design. The objective of this study is to provide data that will help to bridge the gap between learning and application of sustainability principles. A review of literature relative to sustainability and collaboration was conducted. A qualitative (participants observation) and quantitative (survey/questionnaires) approaches used to collect data in this study. Descriptive statistics, Cronbach’s alpha, open coding, independent T-test, One-way ANOVA, and multiple comparison tests were used to analyze the data. The findings show that collaboration between design and allied disciplines might facilitate learning and application of sustainability principles. Similarly, collaborative settings help students to understand the predisposition of being pro-environmentally responsive and their perception of the innovation in design. Finally, collaborative pedagogy has facilitated the conspicuous the identification of the gaps relative to learning and application of sustainability principles.

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Sustainability, Learning, Application, Collaboration

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