Title

Beyond problem solving: A framework to teach design as an experiment in the university environment

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

The University of the West Indies

Place of Publication

St. Augustine, Trinidad

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

19592

Comments

Originally published as: Medley, S., & Kueh, C. (2015). Beyond problem solving: A framework to teach design as an experiment in the university environment. In Ministry of Design: From Cottage Industry to State Enterprise, Colloquium Proceedings. (pp. 170-180).

Abstract

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.

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