This session involved students in designing in response to design briefs set by other students.
There was a lot of exploratory talk (Mercer 2000) with students giving reasons for something (eg "Papier mache would be good because you can shape it) or for not choosing a particular course of action (If we used glue, it would make it unrecyclable").
There were three other phenomena that struck me. Firstly, although there was a lot of talk, there were also silent episodes as students concentrated on the task. Secondly, the boundaries between study and social life seemed to blur (Snyder 2000) as students chatted about their experiences after they had finished the task. Thirdly, some of the students began to react against the use of pseudonyms.
Mercer N (2000) Words and Minds London: Routledge
Snyder I (2003) "A new communication order: researching literacy practices in the network society" in Goodman S., Lillis T, Maybin J and Mercer N (eds) (2003) Language, Literacy and Education: a Reader Stoke on Trent: Trentham