Design Science Journal, Thematic Collection

Design Education Research and Practice

Submissions deadline: 30 June 2023

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Papers received after the deadline will still be considered, but they may not be part of the collection, depending on the completion time for their review.


The Design Science Journal thematic collection on Design Education aims to report on and stimulate discussion on research and practice in Design Education communities. This collection aims to reflect on the sudden and unforeseen changes in design education practices in recent years, with a view to better understand what educators can learn from high quality scientific contributions to develop pedagogies. Design Education has faced unprecedented times as the global population faces significant challenges such as climate change, over-consumption, and stress on resources, increasing inequality and the Covid-19 pandemic. It is therefore timely to consider the role that design education plays in ensuring competent and skillful designers and engineers of the future. This thematic collection on Design Education aims to report on and stimulate discussion on research and practice in Design Education communities. By sharing design and education teaching and learning experiences we can develop educational concepts and strategies to help students and graduates to address current and future challenges and provide a platform to engage a wide and diverse community to explore the ideas from different perspectives. Design Education has become agile, with the ability to adapt to a changing social and technical landscape. When disruption in technology, industry or behaviour are introduced, educators must consider the educational impacts and post-education impact. Shaping future designers with knowledge of UN Sustainable Development Goals in a rapidly changing world, established, alternative and emerging educational paradigms to equip engineers and designers of the future.

Theme Topics

• Innovation and Creativity in Design Education 
• Industrial Involvement in Design Education
• Addressing Ethical and Social Issues in Design Education 
• Assessment Methods in Design Education
• Engaging the Public in Design Education
• Industry 4.0 and the Implications for Design Education
• Research in Design Education
• Meeting 21st Century Challenges in Design Education
• Engineers for a Sustainable Future in Design Education

Guest Editors

Dr Ross Brisco 
Dr Erik Bohemia 
Dr Hilary Grierson 
Prof. Gordon Krauss

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