Mixed Method Research Procedure for Design Education

DS 81: Proceedings of NordDesign 2014, Espoo, Finland 27-29th August 2014

Year: 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Feast, Luke; Blijlevens, Janneke
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Section: Education and teaching of design, product development, and innovation
Page(s): 125-134
ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2


within design education by presenting a methodology for utilizing both qualitative data and quantitative data within an integrated research procedure. Rigorous research training is needed because many of today’s designers work on socially and politically complex problems that traditionally were framed as technical problems. Consequently, designers require training in applied social and behavioural science research to address bias and test their ideas before implementing them. In our view, such research training can be successfully supported through designers learning to construct sound and strong arguments for their designs. To illustrate our argument we provide a proposal for a research methods course for addressing human-centred design aimed at undergraduate design education.

Keywords: Mixed-methods design research, design education, theory of argumentation


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