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Non‐Career Teachers in the Design Studio: Economics, Pedagogy and Teacher Development

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As the economic pressure to teach more students with fewer (and less costly) instructors has increased in higher education, the utilisation of non‐career teachers has become more prevalent. Design education has not escaped this phenomenon; non‐career teachers, such as graduate and undergraduate students or design practitioners, have become commonplace in design education, including the design studio. The studio, however, is a unique teaching and learning environment in higher education. It poses distinct socio‐academic challenges for both students and teachers. The utilisation of non‐career teachers in studios raises a number of ethical and pedagogical questions. Teacher development is one serious concern. Here, the authors articulate the major challenges confronted by non‐career studio teachers, especially student teaching assistants, and strategies for their development.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Associate professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. 2: Assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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