Beyond problem solving: A framework to teach design as an experiment in the university environment
The University of the West Indies
Place of Publication
St. Augustine, Trinidad
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Arts and Humanities
The norm of teaching design as a problem-solving agent is causing design to be perceived as the linear production of artefacts that aims to solve identified problems. This design approach, while having its own merit in the commercial world, is limiting design from contributing to the larger community issues that are becoming complex. This paper presents the on-going exploration of teaching design as an experimental agent at Edith Cowan University’s School of Communication and Arts. Discussing examples of student work that surround real life social and health care issues, this paper suggests a framework that is embedded with observations, uncertainty, and imagination as the foundation to design education. This framework may offer strategies for improving infrastructure and government policies in Trinidad & Tobago.