ERIC Number: EJ736806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Universal Design Problem Solving
Sterling, Mary C.
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v96 n2 p40-44 2004
Universal design is made up of four elements: accessibility, adaptability, aesthetics, and affordability. This article addresses the concept of universal design problem solving through experiential learning for an interior design studio course in postsecondary education. Students' experiences with clients over age 55 promoted an understanding of both universal design and basic design. Interior design is about improving the quality of people's lives, and students were persuaded that built environments should be barrier free because the resulting physical environments are more accessible, functional, pleasing, and safer for everyone.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Undergraduate Students, Interior Design, Physical Environment, Quality of Life
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A