Developing cultural sensitivity: A student’s perspective

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Abstract

Cultural sensitivity is an important issue in design and not only about dealing with cultural diversity, but also about designing for cultural dilemmas that are related to multi-cultural contexts. This paper is concerned with cultural sensitivity and presents students’ perspectives, which were obtained through workshops. For this aim at first workshops on cultural sensitivity in design were briefly introduced. Then the last workshop, which was performed in Kish Island (Iran) at University of Tehran, was explained and some design results were presented through illustration. 70 design students with different backgrounds and nationalities participated. In order to obtain the students’ perspectives, an online questionnaire was sent to them. The mix of open and closed questions was related to students’ learning experiences. The results were categorised into five themes that arose from the open questions. The findings indicate that students had a fruitful experience in the workshop and obtained a large amount of knowledge and experience regarding cultural sensitivity, not only through the workshop approach and teaching style, but also through the international character and its socials aspects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationTowards a New Innovation Landscape, E and PDE 2019
Editors Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Ross Brisco, Dorothy Evans, Hilary Grierson, William Ion, Robert Ian Whitfield
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-912254-05-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2019: the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019) - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Sep 201913 Sep 2019
https://www.designsociety.org/publication/42217/DS+95%3A+Proceedings+of+the+21st+International+Conference+on+Engineering+and+Product+Design+Education+%28E%26PDE+2019%29%2C+University+of+Strathclyde%2C+Glasgow.+12th+-13th+September+2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Towards a New Innovation Landscape, E and PDE 2019

Conference

Conference21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period12/09/1913/09/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • Culture sensitivity
  • Design education
  • Design methods
  • International design workshops

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