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Title: Review on the development of design education in Hong Kong : the need to nurture the problem finding capability of design students
Authors: Siu, KWM 
Keywords: Problem finding
Design curriculum
Educational change
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Hong Kong Educational Research Association
Source: Educational research journal (敎育硏究學報), 2009, v. 23, no. 2, p. 179-202 How to cite?
Journal: Educational research journal (敎育硏究學報) 
Abstract: Recent researchers have pointed out that designers should not only be able to solve problems, but also to find and identify them. Many design curriculum publications and syllabi also have unequivocally indicated that design students should be able to identify and state clearly the needs and opportunities for design activities through investigation of the contexts of home, school, recreation, community, business and industry. However, " problem finding" is still a deficient area in Hong Kong design curricula. By conducting a comprehensive review on the development of design education at secondary and tertiary levels of Hong Kong, this paper traces the changes in the objectives and learning activities within design education, and identifies the reasons behind them. By identifying the critical changes in the nature and requirements for jobs, social matters and educational objectives, this paper further urges the need to nurture the problem-finding capability of design students.
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