Destined to design? How and why Australian women choose to study industrial design
Lockhart, Catherine Anne & Miller, Evonne (2016) Destined to design? How and why Australian women choose to study industrial design. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 35(2), pp. 213-228.
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Despite over three decades of legislation and initiatives designed to tackle the traditional gender divide in the science, technology and design fields, only a quarter of the registered architects in Australia are women. There are no statistics available for other design disciplines, with little known about why women choose design as a career path and who or what influences this decision. This qualitative research addresses this knowledge gap, through semi-structured in-depth interviews conducted with 19 Australian women who completed an industrial (product) design degree. Thematic analysis revealed three key themes: childhood aptitude and exposure; significant experiences and people; and design as a serendipitous choice. The findings emphasise the importance of early exposure to design as a potential career choice, highlighting the critical role played by parents, teachers, professionals and social networks.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Industrial design, Design education, Women|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright © 2016 The Authors. iJADE © 2016 NSEAD/John Wiley & Sons Ltd|
|Deposited On:||30 Mar 2015 22:53|
|Last Modified:||20 Jan 2017 06:12|
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