INvesTigating REsidential and business energy consumption via student-led ACTion research
This project aims to facilitate the development of undergraduate student skills, understandings and attributes in relation to the study of residential and business energy consumption. It centres on a series of activities that will help build teaching and learning capacity in the social science of energy use in cities. This field has been extremely underrepresented in the educational curriculum within geography, planning and environmental science, despite featuring prominently in public debates and policy agendas. Within the project, we:
- Increase the level of academic challenge by investigating the use of a range of new expectations and assessments into the teaching and learning process. These require students to critically, self-reflectively and iteratively explore the practices, concepts, and assumptions associated with energy consumption in homes and businesses through active involvement with a wider group of participants.
- Promote active and collaborative learning, not the least by requiring students to participate in the work of local communities and businesses. In addition to fostering a supportive campus environment, this should help provide students with the hands-on skills and knowledge necessary for further employment in the sate, commercial and/or charity sectors.
- Enrich educational experiences, chiefily by using a novel set of technologes for the execution of in-class assignments. We also seek to advance student-staff interaction, by altering the nature and increasing the intensity of students’ contact with teaching staff. Academics and students jointly develop a student-led research project that will also serve as a method of formative assessment.
The project has involved the following activities:
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