Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Thought Experiment: Developing Research as Practice for Masters Students in Art & Design.

A presentation by Professor Howard Riley in collaboration with Paul Jeff (University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, Swansea), at the Research-Teaching Practice in Wales Conference, 10th September 2013, at the University of Wales, Gregynog Hall. Edited by Professor Simon Haslett.

Research-Teaching Practice In Wales Conference 2013
Professor Howard Riley
The presentation describes an introductory project designed to stimulate students’ research activities on the taught Masters programme in the Faculty of Art and Design, and locates it within the ‘ladder’ framework suggested by Helen Walkington's 2011 Keynote and the research-participation matrix suggested by Mick Healey (2005). The Thought Experiment becomes the vehicle by which students are encouraged to develop individual approaches to the gathering, collating and application of information relevant to their assigned topic, chosen at random from a range provided by the staff team. Such staff-initiated, but student-structured research activities are shown to empower subsequent studio practice and enhance the quality of works produced for exhibition. The presentation is illustrated with examples of students’ work.

HEALEY, M. 2005 Linking Research and Teaching: Exploring Disciplinary Spaces and the Role of Inquiry-based Learning. In Barnett, R. (ed.) Reshaping the University: New Relationships between Research, Scholarship and Teaching. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press. 30-42.

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