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Creating Confidence in an Alienating Educational Environment

Creating Confidence in an Alienating Educational Environment

Year: 2012

Section: New Design Education Paradigms

Editor: Lyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen

Author: Jennifer Loy

Series: E&PDE

Institution: Griffith University, Australia

Section: New Design Education Paradigms

Pages: 369-374

ISBN: 978-1-904670-36-0

Abstract

Design education is in transition as content becomes driven by sustainable practice and, most recently, ideas emerging in relation to post-sustainable practice. Over the past two decades design courses around the world have been constantly reviewed and revised to create approaches to design thinking and practice that consider the broadest implications of design on environment and societies with the economic considerations dependent on meeting those imperatives. This has radicalised the content taught at a project level, for example with the introduction of product service systems, and at the level of specifics, such as in relation to material specification.
As fundamental in educational terms, design graduate attributes have had to evolve as in order to apply new knowledge and understanding in professional practice graduates have to have a broader understanding of the drivers behind their decisions and become proactive in directing project briefs beyond traditional industry practice. To present a return brief based on sustainable design practices, or more radically to participate in design activism, demands that higher education provides students the opportunities to develop an understanding of the basis for design programs they are part of at a point in time and the leadership role they are expected to take. This involves design education inculcating the confidence through experience of presenting their work and opinion, based on comprehensive understanding of their design philosophy and sustainable practice, or post-sustainable practice strategies in action. This paper summarises the changes and highlights related issues of transferable skills, student recruitment and graduate attributes.

Keywords: Recruitment, transferable skills, program drivers, transition, education

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ds conferenceE&PDE 2012: 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education

E&PDE 2012: 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design EducationThe 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE2012) will take place at the Department of Design Sciences, Product Development, Artesis University College Antwerp, 6-7 September 2012 with the theme "Design Education for Future Wellbeing". The conference is a unique opportunity for educators, practitioners, researchers and student in design-related areas to meet and exchange experiences in design education and future wellbeing. Artesis University College is...

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Special Interest Group (SIG)Design Education

Design EducationTo bring together academics, designers, training professionals and others throughout the world who have an interest in design education at the tertiary level....

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