Achieving excellence in design research: a case study of research and education framework at Northumbria University

Kyffin, Steven and Aftab, Mersha (2016) Achieving excellence in design research: a case study of research and education framework at Northumbria University. International Journal of Arts and Technology, 9 (3). pp. 199-213. ISSN 1754-8853

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This paper discusses the case study of the new research and education framework applied at the School of Design at Northumbria University that aims at building an integrated sustainable design research community. This community concerns itself with developing design value propositions (new methods, new knowledge and new design IDEAS or applications) by combining the three broad domains of the discipline (forms of practice); practice through collaboration (new methods), discovery through research (new knowledge), and new solutions through engagement (new products, and services). In both academic and commercial context, this also culminates into a purposeful learning for all stakeholders. The authors explain that the methodological gap between design ‘doers’ and design scholars in an academic context makes the process of design leadership very difficult. This paper discusses the paradox that design in the academia needs to respond to the conflict between learning through doing (design) and learning through research of design. Additionally, this paper highlights the challenges that the School of Design at Northumbria came across while establishing this research community and also discusses everyday challenges of maintaining this community.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: design education, multidisciplinary design, design leadership, change by design
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
N200 Management studies
W200 Design studies
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X300 Academic studies in Education
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
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Depositing User: Mersha Aftab
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 13:16
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 07:19

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