Title

Connecting learning from the graphic design project with thinking about approaches to design practice

RIS ID

113942

Publication Details

Ellmers, G. "Connecting learning from the graphic design project with thinking about approaches to design practice." Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education 16 .1 (2017): 69-82.

Abstract

This study explores how a structured approach to reflective practice can guide graphic design students to connect their learning from the project with thinking about approaches to design practice. The research employed a case-study approach with a mixed-method research strategy, framed by theories of reflective practice and cognitive psychology. The results indicate that when guided to reflect in a structured and critical manner, students can identify and analyse learning from their project and connect this learning with thinking about approaches to practice. This occurred in a manner that has parallels with the concept of high-and low-road transfer. However, not all participants achieved this, and nor did participants achieve this all the time. This evidence-based study contributes to the limited empirical research in graphic design education, and to the role reflection can play to enhance learning opportunities from the design project.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/adch.16.1.69_1