Challenges in teaching design thinking skills to novice design students

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Abstract

There is a general assumption that teaching prescriptive "design methods" to novice design students will result in effective analysis of a problem that will result in an innovative solution. However, in reality, most students use "design methods" as a tool to present their resolved solution rather than use it to arrive at that solution. In other words, students mostly use traditional design methods taught as an effective persuasion tool to secure better grade. For this reason, we argue that we should encourage students to pick up appropriate design behaviour early in their course. By stressing practicing designers seldom apply design methods as described in the textbooks. In this paper we share our action research over a period of two semesters to investigate effective approaches to achieve this goal. Overall, initially students found it difficult to move away from traditional prescriptive design methods they were exposed to in their high school studies. Students' feedback showed that they preferred a more structured and incremental treatment of the subject. Based on this feedback and students' assessments outcome we have developed a pedagogical framework based on nudge theory to address their expectations and learning objectives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Education: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinarity
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
EditorsErik Bohemia, Lyndon Buck, Kaare Eriksen, Ahmed Kovacevic, Nis Ovesen, Christian Tollestrup
Place of PublicationWiltshire, United Kingdom
PublisherInstitution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society
Pages140-145
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781904670780
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2016) - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 8 Sep 20169 Sep 2016

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2016)
CountryDenmark
CityAalborg
Period8/09/169/09/16

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GUDUR, R. (2016). Challenges in teaching design thinking skills to novice design students. In E. Bohemia, L. Buck, K. Eriksen, A. Kovacevic, N. Ovesen, & C. Tollestrup (Eds.), Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinarity: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (pp. 140-145). Wiltshire, United Kingdom: Institution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society.