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The nature and nurture of design ability

Cross, Nigel (1990). The nature and nurture of design ability. Design Studies, 11(3) pp. 127–140.

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Abstract

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 the problem of providing design education through the distance-learning media of the Open University.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 1990 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0142-694X
Keywords: design education; design ability
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
Item ID: 39445
Depositing User: Nigel Cross
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2014 15:01
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 16:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/39445
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