Forming a method mindset: the role of knowledge and preference in facilitating heuristic method usage in design

DS 76: Proceedings of E&PDE 2013, the 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Dublin, Ireland, 05-06.09.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: John Lawlor, Ger Reilly, Robert Simpson, Michael Ring, Ahmed Kovacevic, Mark McGrath, William Ion, David Tormey, Erik Bohemia, Chris McMahon, Brian Parkinson
Author: Daalhuizen, Jaap; Person, Oscar; Gattol, Valentin
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1: Technical University of Denmark, Denmark; 2: Delft University of Technology; 3: Aalto University
Section: Experimental Studies in Design Methods
Page(s): 196-201
ISBN: 978-1-904670-42-1


ourse on design theory and methodology, we investigated method usage for five activities in the basic design cycle: (1) analysis, (2) synthesis, (3) simulation, (4) evaluation and (5) decision-making. The results of the study showed that knowledge and preference both influence method usage. Additionally, the results showed that for all activities except evaluation, knowledge indirectly influenced method usage through a ‘complementary’ mediation of method preference.

Keywords: Heuristics, method mindset, method teaching


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