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 Sept 20136 Sept 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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