Using Creative Practice in Interdisciplinary Education

Bilge Aktas, Camilla Groth

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Interdisciplinary approaches in education help future professionals build better understanding and a common language between disciplines and individuals. To make such leaps, skills in adjusting to new situations and rapidly changing knowledge systems are needed. Such skills are intrinsic to design practice, and design and making practices lend themselves well to such personal development. Design and making activities also offer opportunities for students from different disciplines to gather around central topics and engage in interdisciplinary discussions about matters that concern everyone and to materialize their understanding while reflecting on their personal process. In this paper, we present a course design in which this type of transformational reflection might take place, and we discuss how designing and making processes can provide suitable means to build a platform for interdisciplinary discussions and learning. By examining an interdisciplinary group of students’ creative processes, we found that navigating unknown situations with the explorative and adaptive mind-set that emerges through reflection creates transferrable skills that are useful in interdisciplinary interactions and communication.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the DRS LEARN X DESIGN 2021 - 6th International Conference for Design Education Researchers
Subtitle of host publicationEngaging with Challenges in Design Education
EditorsE. Bohemia, L.M. Nielsen, L. Pan, N.A.G.Z. Börekçi, Y. Zhang
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-912294-54-1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sept 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference for Design Education Researchers - Shandong University of Art & Design, Jinan, China
Duration: 24 Sept 202126 Sept 2021
Conference number: 6


ConferenceInternational Conference for Design Education Researchers
Abbreviated titleDRS
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