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"Shaping space" programme as a tool for educating youth about architecture

Abstract

The Polish Architectural Policy’s vision of a systematic promotion of spatial culture has made its way into the national curriculum for 2009 – 2016 designed for various stages of child and teenager education. The objective of this effort was to furnish a basis for a system of architectural education which allows teaching society to be more conscious in their decisions as to spatial order with the effect of improving the quality of our living space. Educating individuals to engage consciously in activities related to the protection of space and transformations taking place within that space requires an understanding of basic issues connected with space, the nature of space and the interrelations of various elements which form it. The Shaping space programme under the patronage of the Chamber of Polish Architects is one of the tools dedicated to students of lower and higher secondary schools, designed to assist teachers as architectural educators. The aim of this paper is to present the results of a survey related to the implementation of the programme in Lower Secondary School 3 in Malbork in the years 2013-2016. The programme involved observation of students (of grades 1 to 3) in architecture-oriented classes, assistance for the teacher in the class rooms well as an evaluation of the usefulness of educational materials. A number of problems became evident during the implementation of the “Shaping space” programme which is now available in book form. The size of the book is large enough to discourage any potential readers. The subject matter of the book is not suitable for the intended age group (age: 13-16). Another issue was the teacher’s suitability to conduct this type of class. Class observation in grades 1-3 of the lower secondary school and discussions with teachers in charge of that programme served as a basis for developing our own tools and materials in the form of multimedia presentations, templates and lesson scenarios designed to convey and put in order the knowledge related to spatial planning. The conclusions drawn based on these observations have been used in classes at the Faculty of Architecture of the Gdansk University of Technology with a group of students in the 3rd semester of their MA studies, who have helped to prepare auxiliary materials for teachers conducting this type of programmes in primary schools. The joint effort has produced a dictionary entitled Pomeranian ABC of Space, which is designed as a tool for teachers.

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Category:
Conference activity
Type:
publikacja w wydawnictwie zbiorowym recenzowanym (także w materiałach konferencyjnych)
ISSN:
1757-899X
Language:
English
Publication year:
2017
Bibliographic description:
Marczak P.: "Shaping space" programme as a tool for educating youth about architecture// IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 245/ Praga: , 2017, s.1-8
DOI:
Digital Object Identifier (open in new tab) 10.1088/1757-899x/245/4/042075
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Gdańsk University of Technology

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