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Collaborative Mentorships in Design Education

Collaborative Mentorships in Design Education

Year: 2016

Section: Educational Perspectives

Editor: Boks, Casper; Sigurjonsson, Johannes; Steinert, Martin; Vis, Carlijn; Wulvik, Andreas

Author: Stark, Camilla Gwendolyn; Howell, Bryan F

Series: NordDESIGN

Institution: Brigham Young University, United States of America

Section: Educational Perspectives

Pages: 168-177

ISBN: 978-1-904670-80-3

Abstract

Peer mentorship in education has many well-documented benefits. However, students in the Millennial generation do not respond well to traditional, structured mentorship practices reflecting Baby Boomer values and mentality typically found in contemporary design education. This study specifically addresses mentorship practices among Millennial industrial design students at Brigham Young University and the Technical University of Delft. We researched student behavior through literature reviews, nine student/faculty interviews, and a student survey on collaborative practices with sixty-one respondents. Based on this research, students can best develop authentic, beneficial mentorships through frameworks that encourage unstructured learning. Successful examples include long-term collaboration in special topics classes and student-run clubs and organizations. The paper concludes with potential dangers of collaboration and a plan to increase collaborative mentorships at Brigham Young University.

Keywords: unstructured mentorships, structured mentorships, course design, learning environments

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NEW DATE: NordDesign 2016, 10th - 12th August 2016, Trondheim, Norway.Welcome to NordDesign 2016. We are pleased to announce that NordDesign 2016 will be hosted in the beautiful city of Trondheim on 10th-12th August 2016. The conference will take place at NTNU and is organised by the Department of Product Development and Materials in collaboration with the Department of Product Design. We are calling for evidence based academic work on topical issues on design, development and innovation that strengthens both our theoretical understanding and the connection between...

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