Knowledge transfer in design education: A framework of criteria for design exercises

Katja Thoring, Roland M. Mueller

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Abstract

This paper presents suggestions how to frame design educational exercises with the aim to transfer specific types of design knowledge to students, or to generate new design knowledge within students, respectively. For this purpose, the paper refers to a typology of design knowledge that differentiates between four types of design knowledge - Artefact Knowledge, Design Intuition, Design Rational, and Design Theories - as well as three interjacent transitions, in which one type of knowledge transforms to the next. It proposes specific criteria that a design exercise should incorporate, in order to teach that particular type of knowledge to students. Furthermore, it provides criteria for appropriate design exercises for each type of design knowledge. The findings are summarized in a framework. We believe that the work presented in this paper contributes to a better understanding of design knowledge and its transfer mechanisms, and it may serve as a basis for design educators to improve their teaching programs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationDesign Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012
Pages153-158
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012 - Antwerp, Belgium
Duration: 6 Sep 20127 Sep 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityAntwerp
Period6/09/127/09/12

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