Methodology

IN_LEARNING considers:

  • Formulation a theoretical framework integrating educational equipment and methods of formal and informal learning; Analysis of types of ALE (formal and informal).
  • Development Platform SUA: specification, implementation and test, data integration and systematization of results.

The IN_LEARNING project considers five tasks: 1: Project Management; 2: Formulation a theoretical framework integrating educational equipment and methods of formal and informal learning; 3: Analysis of types of ALE (formal and informal), 4: Development Platform SUA: specification, implementation and test, 5: data integration and systematization of results.

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Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4 involves systematic research work into bibliographic sources, field-work and data analysis.

  • Compilation of theoretical data regarding the process of knowledge acquisition and sharing, i.e. theories that describe how people learn and the spatial structure of supporting knowledge sharing environments and its relation with user's spatial behaviour, i.e. the historical social anthropology or environment behaviour research as it relates to the built environment.

  • An overview of knowledge-sharing attributes for learning environments based on the identification of different types of supporting knowledge-sharing environments and corresponding archetypal principles:

    • Type A: environments for delivering knowledge, i.e. places where information is imparted in a formal method;
    • Type B: environments for applying knowledge, i.e. places where an organization puts knowledge into practice;
    • Type C: environment for creating knowledge, i.e. places where organizations create;
    • Type D: environment for communicating knowledge, i.e. places where people go about to exchange information;
    • Type E: environments where knowledge is used for decision making, i.e. places where information is refined and judgements are made.
  • Informal observations of type D environments based on Post Evaluation Occupation (POE) techniques and identification of spatial attributes.

Figure - Methodology Plan

Summary

  1. Selection of documental sources to be researched

  2. Selection of type A, B, C, D and E settings

  3. Definition of the observation procedures

  4. Collection of archive and documental data

  5. Visits to type A, B, C, D and E settings

  6. Informal observations of type D settings

  7. Selection and compilation of the relevant information (written, graphic and verbal)

  8. Treatment of graphical information

  9. Writing of the Report (first draft)

  10. Presentation and discussion of the main findings during the workshop (task 4)

  11. Writing of the Final report