ERIC Number: EJ691609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-1
Selling Your Design: Oral Communication Pedagogy in Design Education
Morton, Janne; O'Brien, David
Communication Education, v54 n1 p6-19 Jan 2005
Good design skills are the main focus of assessment practices in design education and are evaluated primarily by drawings and models. In some settings, design studio pedagogy tends to reflect only these content-oriented assessment priorities, with minimal attention paid to the development of oral communication skills. Yet, in many professional contexts, architects need both sets of skills: design competence and the ability to articulate designs for an audience. This paper explores two approaches to oral communication pedagogy in design education--a public speaking approach and a genre-based linguistic approach--and then applies one particular linguistic approach to novice design studio presentations. Based on the findings of this study, we argue that the linguistic, genre-based approach can best offer language-based, discipline-specific description of performance strategies, rhetorical structures, and the linguistic realizations of such structures. Such information can contribute to improved pedagogical practice in the design studio.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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