What You Need to Learn: Engineers’ and Industrial Designers’ Views on Knowledge and Skills in Product Development
2013 (English)In: Technology Teachers as Researchers: Philosophical and Empirical Technology Education Studies in the Swedish Tuff Research School, Sense Publishers, 2013, 223-254 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Are there common knowledge and skills that professional engineers and industrial designers consider important in their work with product development? If so, to what extend does technology education in upper secondary school reflect and prepare students for the demands of working life?
The starting point for this study is questions raised in my practice as a design teacher in the upper secondary school Technology Programme. This particular educational programme focuses on design and product development. After three years of studies the students, depending on their interest, can apply to higher education in industrial design or engineering.
In contrast to education in upper secondary schools, higher education in industrial design and engineering (in Sweden) is separated into two disciplines. Professional industrial designers usually have a degree in art or design and professional engineers usually require a degree in engineering or science. Bridging the gap between these two disciplines and providing relevant technology education to students regardless of their chosen orientation (design or engineering) is indeed a challenge to teachers. What areas of knowledge and skills should be addressed in upper secondary technology education to make this possible?
In search of the answer to this question, professional engineers and industrial designers, all working with product development, have been interviewed. The findings presented in this article are based on the answers from these interviews. The study is part of a larger research project carried out within a graduate school programme (Technology Education for the Future, TUFF), which focuses on technology education (Skogh, 2010).
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sense Publishers, 2013. 223-254 p.
, International technology education studies, 12
upper secondary school education, vocational knowledge, product development, technology programme, engineer, industrial designer
gymnasium, produktutveckling, teknikprogrammet, utbildning, kunskaper i yrkeslivet, ingenjör, industridesigner
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-159925ISBN: 978-94-6209-442-0ISBN: 978-94-6209-441-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-159925DiVA: diva2:787883
QC 201502122015-02-122015-02-122015-04-14Bibliographically approved