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Ideas About Design: Towards Appropriate Pedagogy for Teaching Design at the School Level

  • Farhat Ara
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Part of the Contemporary Issues in Technology Education book series (CITE)

Abstract

This study set out to explore Indian school students’ naïve ideas about design and designers. Findings suggested that most students relegated ‘design’ to the status of mere decoration and associated ‘designers’ with gender and professional-stereotypic images. Insights from the survey afforded development of appropriate design activities and scope to extend students’ understanding of design. The study has implications for development of the design curriculum at school level in India.

Keywords

Design Activity Middle School Student Design Education Reflective Thinking Pedagogical Principle 
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Notes

Acknowledgement

I am grateful to Prof. John Williams and Dr. David Barlex and other reviewers for going through all my drafts and providing suggestions and feedback while I was writing this chapter. I would also like to thank Prof. Sugra Chunawala, the supervisor of my thesis for her feedback and constant support during my PhD years.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CERTAD (Centre for Education, Research, Training and Development)Srishti Institute of Art, Design and TechnologyBangaloreIndia

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