Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Week 10: Design as situated (situated cognition and reflective practice)

The readings for this week introduce the idea of situativity (or situated cognition) and then explore this in the context of design (via reflective practice and two examples of studies).

Everyone should read Greeno and Schön (preferably read Greeno then Schon) and consider the guiding questions below:
  • Greeno, J. (1998). “The situativity of knowing, learning, and research.” American Psychologist, 53, pp. 5-26. Questions: What is situated cognition and how does it relate to cognition? What are some of the implications of situated cognition (as compared to cognition) in terms of kinds of knowledge, kinds of learning environments, and kinds of research?
  • Schön, D. A. (1993). The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action Basic Books, New York. Question: What is reflective practice and how is it an example of situated cognition? How does it related to some of the ideas we've discussed in class?

Respond to the blog by choosing one of the papers below. Adams et al focus on reflective practice as seen in individual designers, Valkenburg focuses on a team of designers. For both, consider: what are the implications of a "reflective practice" lens for understanding design knowing and learning?

  • Adams, R. S., Turns, J. and Atman, C. J. (2003). “Educating effective engineering designers: The role of reflective practice”. Design Studies, Special Issue on Designing in Context, 24(3), pp. 275-294.
  • Valkenburg, R. (1998). The Reflective Practice of Design Teams. Design Studies, 19, 3, pp. 249-271.

Week 9: Design as X Discussion

Explorations into Design as:
  • Ensemble
  • Wicked
  • Culture/Sustainability
  • Innovation
  • Communication
  • User-Centered

Go to Blackboard to print out your own copy of our "book"!

Share your reflections on your experience by following the link below. Me, personally, reallly enjoyed it!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Snapshots from "analyzing design"

Hi all,

Here are snapshots from our "analyzing design" activity - Thanks George!