TRANSark aims to build on experiences from architectural education and become be a vanguard in the development and testing of new pedagogies relevant for higher education in general.
In order to reach the next level of pedagogical practice we must focus on the following areas:
Education as an agent for societal change: The TRANSark vision sees education as not just a path to a professional career, but a combination of personal growth, the development of disciplinary expertise and active participation in society. To be a contemporary professional, in any discipline, entails responsibility towards society. Students need not only to learn the knowledge and skills, but also develop the resourcefulness and ethical competence necessary to implement societal change.
Student–active learning: TRANSark's vision is a major change in higher education from a teaching-oriented to a learning-oriented perspective. This will change the roles of teachers and students, transforming learning into an active process of discovering, gathering and developing knowledge, skills and values, within disciplines. TRANSark will be a laboratory, a repository and a mediator of experience and research in this process. It will facilitate student activities, curricular and extra-curricular, for learning and the development of professional identity.
The challenge of transformative education: Transformative education focuses on deep learning, where ontological and epistemological shifts open new horizons of knowing and understanding. TRANSark will identify and amplify these processes within a transformative pedagogy, providing opportunities to "integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge, skills and values that are essential to deep meaningful learning experiences” (Kuh 2008).
The dual professional: From a “Next practice” perspective, the roles and responsibilities of teachers evolve through a deeper understanding of the learning process. TRANSark will develop a culture of ‘dual professionals’, faculty who combine disciplinary and pedagogical expertise and thus contribute to the status of teaching.
Complexity: Most aspects of modern society are complex and rapidly changing. Within the fields of medicine, architecture and product design, the practicing professional has to handle complexity on many levels, on a daily basis. This represents a unique competence, which should be developed in an educational environment.
Publications and Reports
Threshold Concepts in Practice (Land, Meyer & Flanagan 2016) - includes article authored by the TRANSark leaders
TRANSark Project Page on the CRISTIN Research Database (academic publications can be found here)