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Doing the Right Thing Social Processes in Design Learning

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Abstract:

During the research described in this paper, students often expressed the concern to know if they were 'doing the right thing' during studio-based project work. This poses the questions: how can students find out what the right thing is and how is the right thing decided? Social constructivism tells us that who we are and what we know to be right are fabricated by our social interactions with others and this is particularly true where there is no physical means of evaluating reality. This paper explores the role of social interactions as an aid to reflection in three design school studios which both establish for participants what the right thing is and are the means by which the right thing is communicated.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/146069200789390123

Publication date: July 1, 2000

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  • Established in 1998, The Design Journal is an international, refereed journal covering all aspects of design. The journal welcomes articles on design in both cultural and commercial contexts. The journal is published four times a year and provides a forum for design scholars, professionals, educators, and managers worldwide. It publishes thought-provoking work that will have a direct impact on design knowledge and that challenges assumptions and methods, while being open-minded about the evolving role of design.
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