Design Research in Design Education

Inside Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) Master

SHORT DESCRIPTION

In this educational research project I have investigated how we can best strengthen the position of design research within the Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) master curriculum. By analysing the way in which design research is actually implemented in the courses I have built a clear picture of the scientific component of the programme. By investigating the students’ experience of this scientific component of the programme through Student Evaluations and two Focus Group sessions, I have been able to formulate specific recommendations how to improve the students perception of design research.

OBJECTIVE

My SUTQ project was about the position of design research within the Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) master curriculum. Although research has a prominent place in the educational vision of the programme, national student evaluations show that the scientific component of the curriculum scores insufficient. I investigated the students’ experience of the scientific component of the programme through Student Evaluations and two Focus Group sessions, in order to strengthen the position of the university as a place where research and education are intertwined.