The review of a design practice learning project to pilot heightened social responsibility and engagement

Robert Young, Kevin Hilton

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Abstract

This paper describes the review of a design project devised to pilot a student community learning experience at a heightened level of social responsibility. There is evidence around the world that degree level programmes are beginning this process, albeit through initial discussions (Swan, 2000). The project involved students in the use of open-space technology to promote creative team working and reflective practice reporting on the design project. The review involved a programme of qualitative research into the evidence and outputs created by the students and staff and compared these with interviews with the; participants, industrial sponsor, independent academic staff and professional designers. It was not possible to determine in the review whether the project had led to a greater level of creativity, but those involved described it as a profoundly creative experience. The findings showed that the project engendered truly effective teamworking, complete consensus to solutions amongst the students and a heightened sensitivity to societal issues. The review makes recommendations for the future development of this form of design practice learning at appropriate levels of study.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003
Event5th International Conference of the European Academy of Design - Barcelona
Duration: 1 Apr 2003 → …
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Conference5th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
Period1/04/03 → …
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