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Exploring Houses Through Curiosity and Social Learning
Start date: Nov 1, 2010,

The project addresses 3 key areas in learning and social history:- The application of formal and informal learning in order to reach the widest range of students, including those excluded by traditional methods.- The inclusion of older "skill based" craftmasters in learning groups to encourage the passing on of skills through informal techniques, whilst they absorb ICT and other competencies.- Relink students with their heritage through mixed age learning and encourage the exploration and re-appraisal of their home towns in light of globalisation. This will be achieved through the study of house histories, a rich source of learning covering many subjects and interests Moreover, through the holistic approach of recording geometry, materials, environment, building techniques and a range of oral, video and written histories, the project will enable learners to record 14 house histories and broadcast them to a wider audience using a website and print/DVD media.The project team has the skill base to competently identify "Why", "What" and "How" data needs to be recorded to create a useful resource. Contact with professionals (architects, historians, etc.) and benchmarking with professional house records will add value to the project in creating a resource for comparing vernacular architecture from across Europe.Work Packages covering foundation research, recording template, technical glossary and recording techniques will provide the professional rigour to engage house history professionals to take part in the learning process. Where possible, open source or free resources will be used to complete the house recording to ensure economic inclusion of the widest range of learners.The learning resources generated during the project will be based around the framework developed by the "Doing2Learn" project and will be available in all partner languages via the web. All flyers, videos and other contents made during the learning process will be available both online and on DVD at the end of the project.

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