The use of argumentation in design research

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This paper proposes argumentation as a key skill that ties research methodology into design. The paper first aligns Toulmin argumentation with the role of design and design results and then provides an example of how this skills set can be acquired in the context of design. Argumentation can be used to place design in societal context. A design education course is presented with its starting points and teaching activities in order to illustrate the application of argumentation in design research. The course is compared with another recently presented course that takes the same argumentation model as an underlying principle. The comparison between the courses reveals how materials can be geared towards different emphases in learning goals. The paper concludes with an outlook towards further uses of the argumentation model as a basis for design research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationDesign + Reseach + Society, Future-Focused Thinking
EditorsPeter Lloyd, Erik Bohemia
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherThe Design Research Society
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventDRS 2016: Design + Research + Society, Future-Focused Thinking, The 50th Anniversary DRS Conference - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201630 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameDRS International Conference Series
PublisherThe Design Research Society
ISSN (Electronic)2398-3132


ConferenceDRS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Toulmin argumentation
  • design research
  • design education
  • research methodology


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