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ERIC Number: EJ916485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1360-1431
Models of Change: The Future of Design Education
Baynes, Ken; Baynes, Brochocka
Design and Technology Education, v15 n3 p10-17 2010
This paper discusses design and design education in the context of four major social and environmental concerns identified by Bruce Archer in 1973: overpopulation; pollution; depletion of natural resources; control. It argues for the social and economic importance of design education in primary and secondary schools. It identifies "designerly thinking" as an aspect of cognitive modelling directed towards imagining viable alternative futures. The paper then reviews the potential of design educational activity, focusing on seven themes: (1) The aims of design education; (2) The significance of practical education; (3) Encouraging the imagination; (4) The creative value of aesthetic awareness; (5) The value of learning through making; (6) The creative relationships between designing and making; and (7) The educational purpose of doing design projects. Research agenda are identified in key areas: the nature of imaginative activity and its significance in education; graphicacy and cognitive modelling in design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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