Conflicts Within Complex Contexts: The Relationship Between Facilitators and Participants in Interdisciplinary Pedagogy

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

Year: 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Eggleston, John; Thong, Christine
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Section: Education and teaching of design, product development, and innovation
Page(s): 135-144
ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2


Interdisciplinary collaborations are complex environments which yield complex relationships and encourage conflict by nature. This paper explores three instances of conflict as viewed through the opposite perspectives of a participant and facilitator during a university project. This synthesis provides key insights which are positioned against the theoretical frameworks of Horwitz [7] and Clarke [5], leading to recommendations as to how scenarios of unhealthy conflict may be avoided in educative contexts. This paper builds upon existing knowledge around experiential learning and interdisciplinary pedagogy, and discusses future directions for further research.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary, conflict, pedagogy, design


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