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The nature and nurture of design ability

Cross, Nigel (2002). The nature and nurture of design ability. In: Owen-Jackson, Gwyneth ed. Design and Technology in Secondary Schools. Routledge.

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Understanding the nature of design ability can better enable design educators to nurture its development in their students. Such understanding has been promoted by a wide variety of studies of design activity and designer behaviour. From a review of these studies, design ability is summarised as comprising resolving ill-defined problems, adopting solution-focussed cognitive strategies, employing abductive or appositional thinking and using non-verbal modelling media. These abilities are highly developed in skilled designers, but are also possessed in some degree by everyone. A case is therefore made for design ability as a fundamental form of human intelligence. The nurture of this ability through design education is discussed, with particular reference to what has been learned of the nature of design ability.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 0-415-26073-6, 978-0-415-26073-2
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Education and Language Studies > Education
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 3288
Depositing User: Users 9 not found.
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:49
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