Humanistic perspectives on design education: tools for reflection

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: Sonneveld, Marieke
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Section: Innovation in Teaching
Page(s): 282-287
ISBN: 978-1-904670-42-1


Designing is not merely problem solving or facing challenges. It is also taking a personal position and responsibility about what a good solution to the problem is, and about what challenges are to be addressed. Designing therefore touches on our personal values. Design education needs to support design students in becoming aware of these ethical aspects of designing, and support them in creating their own world view: what are their personal values? What responsibilities do they take? How do they make their choices? This paper describes a set of tools for reflection, to support students in this process of personal development. The tools are based on a humanistic perspective on education.

Keywords: Design values, personal design positions, tools for reflection


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