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dc.contributor.authorGrellier, Jane
dc.contributor.authorMackintosh, Lara
dc.contributor.editorN. Brown
dc.contributor.editorS.M. Jones
dc.contributor.editorA. Adam
dc.identifier.citationGrellier, Jane and Mackintosh, Lara. 2012. Reflective connections for student success in an undergraduate architecture program, in Brown, N. and Jones, S.M., and Adam, A. (ed), 35th HERDSA Annual International Conference, Jul 2-5 2012, pp. 99-107. Hobart: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.

This paper examines the role of critical reflection in building student success in two units of the undergraduate Architecture course at Curtin University: a first-year communications unit and a third-year architectural science unit. The study reported here was prompted by a 2010 review of the Architecture course, which introduced changes in the curriculum and patterns of teaching. The first-year 2011 unit discussed in this paper is part of the revised course, while the third-year unit in the same year followed the old pattern, except for the introduction of a reflective segment to the Science of Architecture Unit. Critical reflection, challenging commonly held assumptions, has been shown to be a valuable tool for enhancing learning. Our research – a collaboration between staff from architecture and academic communications backgrounds – found that the first-year students demonstrated greater reflectivity, albeit at a basic level, than their third-year counterparts. This surprising finding supports the premise that reflection, an order of thinking that is generally fully achieved only in adulthood, needs to be developed gradually over an extended period. In this paper we explain the context for the reflective writing exercises in each unit, present examples of student writing, and explore reasons for the variations between years.

dc.publisherHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
dc.subjectfirst-year experience
dc.subjectarchitectural education
dc.subjectcritical reflection
dc.titleReflective connections for student success in an undergraduate architecture program
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.issn1441 001X
dcterms.source.titleResearch and Development in Higher Education: Connections in Higher Education
dcterms.source.seriesResearch and Development in Higher Education: Connections in Higher Education
dcterms.source.conference35th HERDSA Annual International Conference
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateJul 2 2012
dcterms.source.placeMilperra, NSW

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