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ERIC Number: EJ1169965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0957 7572
Reflection and Professional Identity Development in Design Education
Tracey, Monica W.; Hutchinson, Alisa
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v28 n1 p263-285 Mar 2018
Design thinking positions designers as the drivers of the design space yet academic discourse is largely silent on the topic of professional identity development in design. Professional identity, or the dynamic narratives that individuals construct and maintain to integrate their personal qualities with professional responsibilities, has not been widely addressed in design education either. The study investigated the use of reflective writing in an introductory design course to help students explore and interpret their design beliefs, experiences, and self-awareness in support of professional identity development work. The results indicate that authorial presence, analysis, and narrative quality are common qualities in reflective responses, but emotion is notably lacking from student writing. Students were highly reflective in relation to a general experience with uncertainty and were least reflective when discussing ideation processes. Implications for design education and related research are analysed and discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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