Navigating the methodological mire : practical epistemology in design research

Matthews, Ben & Brereton, Margot (2014) Navigating the methodological mire : practical epistemology in design research. In Rodgers, Paul A. & Yee, Joyce (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Design Research. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), Abingdon, Oxon, The United Kingdom, pp. 151-162.

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The field of design research is a marketplace of methodological diversity. It isn't just that there are many different research methods in the field, but that there are many different methodological 'foundations' - principles for how research can and should be done, for how contributions to knowledge ought to be pursued. This is not particularly surprising given how broadly 'design' is often conceptualised. Herbert Simon (1996) suggested "the proper study of mankind is the science of design"; Nigel Cross has identified a principal difference between humankind and the animal kingdom to be our ability to design. In light of such encompassing notions of design it is difficult to imagine how the field of design research should exhibit any less diversity than that found within and among the arts, humanities, the human and social sciences.

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ID Code: 82417
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Design methodology, Design research
ISBN: 9780415706070
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2015 22:44
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 23:41

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