Problem-finding as a research strategy connecting undergraduate learning with staff research in contemporary education institutions

Gale, Cathy (2015) Problem-finding as a research strategy connecting undergraduate learning with staff research in contemporary education institutions. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 14(2), pp. 145-159. ISSN (print) 1474-273X

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Abstract

While problem-solving is defined as a research method based on a number of givens in a linear process, problem-finding is an open-ended mode of design, actively engaging participants in a reciprocal discourse. This method of learning by doing is implicit in design education. To examine problem-solving in the context of undergraduate study a collaborative staff–student research project is presented in the form of a case study. By continuing to find ‘problems’, design educators and students alike are challenged to push the boundaries of the discipline and frame it more centrally as an agent of change in society and culture. In a development of my Ph.D. and HEA Teaching Fellowship the design process is framed as a bridge between academic research and student employability. In this context I suggest that research strategies developed through doctoral study extend and substantiate teaching and learning in design.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem-finding, purposeful discovery, design process, design research, collecting
Research Area: Art and design
Education
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > School of 3D Design (from 2008)
Depositing User: Katrina Clifford
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 17:05
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 03:31
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/adch.14.2.145_1
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/33932

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