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Teaching students about complexity: reflections about an interdisciplinary community service learning studio in East St Louis, Illinois
Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability (2011)
  • Lynne M Dearborn, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Stacy A Harwood, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract

Teaching students to understand and fully engage various dimensions of dynamic urban complexity requires a pedagogy that imparts a deeper understanding than traditional lecture coursework. This paper presents a comprehensive set of class exercises and an evaluation of student learning related to urban complexity in the context of interdisciplinary service learning studios. Analyzing the processes and products employed in the class, student course reflections and responses from alumni interviews find most students effectively engaged with the dynamic urban complexity of East St. Louis, Illinois. They also reflect on tangible and intangible outcomes for neighborhood residents and lessons learned by the faculty members involved.

Keywords
  • East St. Louis,
  • ESLARP,
  • interdisciplinary teaching,
  • studio,
  • complexity
Publication Date
2011
Citation Information
Lynne M Dearborn and Stacy A Harwood. "Teaching students about complexity: reflections about an interdisciplinary community service learning studio in East St Louis, Illinois" Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability Vol. 4 Iss. 2 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stacy_harwood/10/