Pedagogy Transcends Tradition: Practice and Pitfalls

By Marjorie P. Callahan and Richard C. Ryan.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Academia gears itself to the larger purpose of collaborative communication, shared values and character, not merely technical training. This paper introduces and describes a newly created course that reaches across academic disciplines and initiates a start for making a difference by shedding light on practice and pitfalls among design and construction professionals. Paper discussion covers issues in the design, implementation and evaluation of this particular course and its collaborative process. The authors offer guidelines for ways to facilitate the process and make the collaboration successful for both disciplines as well as for the students. Interdisciplinary work in the construction industry at-large (Architecture and Construction Science in this case) needs to both intensify and expand the disciplines’ basic and unique disciplinary tools, techniques and technologies. The approach discussed in this article goes beyond other pedagogy models which merely adopt concepts or generalize affinities.

Keywords: Architecture, Construction Science, Collaboration, Interdisciplinary, Pedagogy

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.157-170. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.547MB).

Marjorie P. Callahan

Associate Professor, Division of Architecture, College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

My research originates out of my acquired knowledge, full breath of experience and personal and professional goals and beliefs. An effective professional architect, University of Oklahoma faculty member and community leader, my qualifications for the described relevant long-term research described include: (1) Demonstrated ability to lecture and teach at the university level (specifically third and fifth year graduate architectural students (2) Substantial and growing numbers of papers presented at local and national conferences (3) Successful professional practice, Marjorie Callahan Architect, a licensed practitioner since 1988 (4) Strong and varied education first in liberal arts at a distinguished women’s college (Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Mills College in the San Francisco Bay Area), later in art, design, and architecture at major universities (Master of Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Fellowship/Rhode Island School of Design; Bachelor of Architecture, University of Oklahoma, Norman). (5) Early academic recognition and research include: an art lecture series with the Rockefeller Foundation and Mills College, a curator-internship at the Palo Alto Cultural Center and Stanford University, recognition for a Milliken National Rug Design Award, Masters Thesis, “Relationship of Mission Statements to Built Environment” from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and the acceptance and participation in the nationally recognized Rhode Island School of Design Government Grant for the Revitalization of Downtown Providence.

Richard C. Ryan

Professor of Construction Science, Division of Construction Science, College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Richard is a Professor of Construction Science at the University of Oklahoma. He received a B.S. degree in Building Construction in 1975 and a M.S. degree in Construction Management in 1990 from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Professional Constructor and member of the American Institute of Constructors. Before starting in academia in 1990 he spent over eleven years as a partner in R & R Construction out of College Station, TX and several years with a design build engineering firm out of Houston, TX. He has published over thirty construction related journal articles and featured book chapters. He is co-author of Construction Equipment Management for Engineers, Estimators, and Owners.


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