Understanding inclusive design education
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Wilson, Nicky; Thomson, Avril; Thomson, Angus; Holliman, Alexander 'Freddie'
Institution: University of Strathclyde
Section: Design Education
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/dsi.2019.66
There is a need for responsible engineering design to accommodate the diverse user requirements that come with the global phenomenon of population ageing. Inclusive design can address these diverse requirements through the consideration of a wide diversity of user needs within the design process. However, uptake of inclusive design in industry is limited, with designer awareness of the approach and its associated methods and tools noted as barriers to its uptake. This research aims to understand the current approach to inclusive design education within UK Higher Education Institutions, utilising interviews with design educators and a student survey. The study concluded that teaching of inclusive design varied between institutions with conflicting responses from academics and students relating to the methodologies taught. This study recommends that greater transparency should be encouraged between institutions to encourage the development of a cohesive inclusive design education strategy, in addition to the development of a framework to aid the implementation of appropriate inclusive methods and tools within the design process.