Facilitating Knowledge Creation in Multidisciplinary Design Education

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The ability to work across disciplines is increasingly important to addressing contemporary challenges. This article is about the facilitatory role of design practices in multidisciplinary innovation education. It draws on 15 years of embedded research at one UK university where design-led multidisciplinary innovation education has been taught at master’s level for that period. This research was recently consolidated in the author’s doctoral study and the concepts discussed here were developed through that study. The article is structured in four main sections. Following a brief background introduction, the first section sets out the philosophical, theoretical and pedagogic underpinnings of the Master’s program; the second explores the program’s multidisciplinary praxis, the third presents the findings of the doctoral study manifest as a conceptualization of multidisciplinary design synthesis which the author has termed Co-Speculative Knowledge Venturing (C-SKV); and the fourth discusses this phenomenon in light of threshold concept theory and knowledge creation at the intersection of disciplinary boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
JournalShe Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 May 2022


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