Cooperative Learning in an Interior Architecture Studio


  • Jo Dane Monash University



Cooperative learning, Design studio, Interior architecture education, Design pedagogy


Design studio in interior architecture education is rarely conducted as a group learning activity, despite the benefits of preparing students for team-based industry work environments. Students have learnt to be protective of their design ideas and are not always encouraged to share resources, although theories on social learning indicate a deeper learning experience is achieved through collaboration. The theoretical framework for cooperative learning, as a form of collaboration, is extensive and positively supports the virtues of group work as an effective learning activity. This paper describes an action research cycle of preparation, implementation and reflection of a cooperative learning project with third year interior architecture students. For the purposes of this research, cooperative learning is defined as a structured group work activity, with participants working together towards a series of common objectives. The main objectives were for students to experience a typical interior architecture work environment, to promote deeper learning and foster a culture of sharing ideas and resources.


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How to Cite

Dane, Jo. 2004. “Cooperative Learning in an Interior Architecture Studio”. Idea Journal 5 (1):31-41.



Design Research Paper