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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Abstract

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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ID Code: 82974
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Industrial design, Design education, Women
DOI: 10.1111/jade.12053
ISSN: 1476-8062
Divisions: 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: 08 Jul 2017 05:11

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