Forming a method mindset: The role of knowledge and preference in facilitating heuristic method usage in design

Jaap Daalhuizen, Oscar Person, Valentin Gattol

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Abstract

Both systematic and heuristic methods are common practice when designing. Yet, in teaching students how to design, heuristic methods are typically only granted a secondary role. So, how do designers and students develop a mindset for using heuristic methods? In this paper, we study how prior knowledge (about heuristic methods and their usage) and preference (for using heuristic methods) relate to the reported use of heuristic methods when designing. Drawing on a survey among 304 students enrolled in a master-level course on design theory and methodology, we investigated method usage for five activities in the basic design cycle: (1) analysis, (2) synthesis, (3) simulation, (4) evaluation and (5) decision-making. The results of the study showed that knowledge and preference both influence method usage. Additionally, the results showed that for all activities except evaluation, knowledge indirectly influenced method usage through a 'complementary' mediation of method preference.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education - Growing Our Future (EPDE 2013)
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2013
Pages196-201
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-42-1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 5 Sep 20136 Sep 2013
Conference number: 15
http://www.iepde.org/epde13/

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Number15
Country/TerritoryIreland
CityDublin
Period05/09/201306/09/2013
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Keywords

  • Curricula
  • Heuristic methods
  • Product design
  • Students

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