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Practice-Based Learning for Design Students

Research Group: Situated Art and Design

The hypothesis of this research was that the learning outcome of an internship is influenced by a student’s epistemic beliefsepistemic beliefsdefinition arrowBeliefs and attitudes about the nature of knowledge and knowing.definition arrow. In other words: how a student relates to their own and other people’s expertise and knowledge of the field, during the internship. During the research, a domain-specific measuring instrument is developed to measure the epistemic beliefs of CMD students. Gabri also investigates whether these beliefs play a role in the assessment of the learning outcomes of the internship carried out by the tutor, who is usually also involved in this learning process, even if from a distance. 

The research contributes to the development of theories on situated learning in the Communication & Multimedia Design programme in Den Bosch. It also provides insight into the effects of student internships and practice-led project education. The research will be continued as a PhD trajectory at the Sustainable Working and Organising research group of Avans University of Applied Sciences. 


This research led to a contribution to Studium Generale 2017, a paper, and a presentation at the Education Research Days 2019.  

In close consultation with professor Michel van Dartel, Gabri subsequently transitioned to a research position at the research group Sustainable Working and Organising, where he developed a PhD proposal that was recently awarded a PhD grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Gabri will start his PhD research in February 2021 within the Avans research group Sustainable Working and Organising. 

Completed project, 2018 – 2019. 

Principle investigator
Gabri Heinrichs

Michel van Dartel

Research group Sustainable Working and Organising, Avans University of Applied Sciences

Avans University of Applied Scienses 

‘Getting comfortable with ambiguity enables designers to absorb feedback and use it to make better design choices.’

Gabri Heinrichs was a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group from 2018 until 2019. He is also a tutor at the Communication & Multimedia Design programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch.

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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