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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|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)|
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|Date Deposited:||26 Jun 2006|
|Last Modified:||02 Aug 2016 12:55|
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