Report of an interdisciplinary course in product design education

Contreras Garcia, Giovanni Jesue and Siu, Kin Wai Michael (2019) Report of an interdisciplinary course in product design education. In: Wang, Victor X (ed.) Handbook of research on transdisciplinary knowledge generation. Advances in Library and Information Science . IGI Global, Hershey PA, pp. 1-17. ISBN 9781522595311

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Interdisciplinarity refers to the process of addressing a topic or problem from the angle of different disciplines or sciences, not just one. Typically, those who promote interdisciplinarity argue that the complexity of modern societies demands an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving. This claim has gained traction in the field of Product Design in recent years, with some scholars and commentators arguing that technological, social, and economic changes have made the process to develop new products more collaborative. At the same time, however, there is a sense that universities focus on training specialists, and that there is a need for new pedagogies. Interdisciplinarity, however, can be understood—and implemented—in different ways. Should students be trained in a wide range of subjects? Or so that they can function in an interdisciplinary team? Different views can result in substantially different educational experiences and sets of skills. This chapter outlines some aspects of the process to facilitate interdisciplinarity in a course involving product design and engineering students.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: ISSN: 2326-4136
Keywords: Interdisciplinarity, Product Design Education, Design for Manufacture, Industrial Design, Multidisciplinarity
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1025 Teaching (Principles and practice)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher education
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. Illustration > NC0730 Technique
Depositing User: Giovanni Contreras
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2019 09:50
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2019 09:54
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