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An approach to knowledge generation by research and its utilisation in practice : situating doctoral research around the artifacts

Popovic, Vesna (2003) An approach to knowledge generation by research and its utilisation in practice : situating doctoral research around the artifacts. In Durling, David & Sugiyama, Kazuo (Eds.) 3rd Doctoral Education in Design, 14-17 October 2003, Tsukuba, Japan.

Abstract

This paper explores expertise in industrial (product) design and the contribution of knowledge generated by doctoral research. It stands on the premise that product design research should not function as a distraction from practice, but as a development of it. This is documented by doctoral studies and examples that illustrate how new knowledge can be generated by research and later applied in practice. The doctoral research is situated within the social structure that constitutes people, activity, context and culture where an artifact is seen to be a mediator for the generation of new knowledge and its application. This is demonstrated by two examples of doctoral studies. The paper concludes with remarks about the importance of research and practice integration, and points out that situating doctoral research around artifacts, as mediators of knowledge, is transferable to any doctoral study in design.

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ID Code: 1427
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: doctoral studies in design, product design, knowledge, practice
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 27 May 2005
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:02

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