Many flowers, small leaps forward: debating doctoral design in education

RUST, C. (2003). Many flowers, small leaps forward: debating doctoral design in education. Art design and communication in higher education, 1 (3), 69-76.


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As a point of departure for this review I have taken three events in 2000, a time when debate about research degrees in Design seemed to reach a peak. Two were conferences: the Design+Research Conference at Politecnico di Milano and the 2nd Conference on Doctoral Education in Design at La Clusaz, France. The third was a particularly heated online debate by members of the DRS email discussion list during the preceding year.

While these three events by no means define the whole territory they do crystallise some issues which continue to characterise the PhD "problem". In looking at these events, and the wider picture of research degrees in design, I would like to draw out two themes. The first of these is the different, but complementary experiences of colleagues in many parts of the world who are wrestling with these issues. The second is the problem of a proliferation of ideas, philosophical positions and rhetoric, which is not matched, as yet, by many visible developments in practice. Perhaps this is not surprising since any small development in this context has a gestation period of at least 3 years and could take much longer to move outside the walls of the institution which has fostered it.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
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Page Range: 69-76
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 14:19

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