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Section: Brief Podium Papers
Editor: Amaresh Chakrabarti, Toshiharu Taura and Yukari Nagai
Author: A. Malhotra1 and R. Poovaiah1
Institution: 1Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India
Section: Brief Podium Papers
Problem solving is not a uniform activity. Problems are not equivalent, in content, form, or process. Still very less research exists on the nature of design problems children should be solving to learn the design process or to build a certain kind of creative ability for divergent thinking. In this paper we explore the differences of solving different design problems and its result on divergent thinking in children. The paper presents an investigation of middle school students’ difference in design thinking process and design output for four different kinds of design problems. Twenty children of the age 11 to 14 participated in this study in four different groups. Each group solved a different kind of design problem. A qualitative analysis of the responses was done and participating groups were judged on the parameters of understanding the design problem and ideational flexibility in their responses. Preliminary analysis of the experiment revealed students’ lacked motivation to think beyond one solution. But comparative study shows difference between design outputs and number of variety of solutions generated for different design problems. The findings reveal that each design problem has its unique traits and it is difficult to choose one over the other. The paper discusses insights based on the outcome of this study and suggests a novel way of designing the instruction and the design problem in such a way that it encourages children to think creatively and to generate more solutions.
3rd International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC2014) http://www.cpdm.iisc.ernet.in/icdc2014/#/overview.php Scope Design Creativity is an important and interesting topic of study in design. Since it involves the profound and essential nature of design, design creativity is expected to be a key in not only addressing the social problems that we are facing, but also producing an innate appreciation for beauty and happiness in our minds. In order to elucidate the nature of design creativity,...
The objective of SIG - Design Creativity is to study creativity in design. We have not sufficiently clarified creativity, especially in the context of design, although it is a very interesting characteristic in the thinking process of humans. This research discusses creativity in design instead of trying to identify its standard characteristics. That is, it tries to answer the question “What is design?” from the viewpoint of creativity, for two perspectives. First, this SIG discusses the characteristics...