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Title: Design research studies for the new needs : balance in theoretical study and design practice
Authors: Siu, KWM 
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Procedia : social and behavioral sciences, 2010, v. 2, no. 2, p. 1016-1023
Abstract: This paper briefly reviews current design research studies. Taking current design research programmes in China as case studies, the paper criticises the programmes as they lack a balance between theoretical study and design practice. The paper identifies the need for change - reform - in design research studies in a country which faces continuous social, economical and industrial changes. It then discusses the advantages, limitations, difficulties, opportunities, and possibilities of having this balance in design research studies. By proposing some directions for the programme implementation and further development, the paper expects to stimulate further investigations and discussions in order to bring a higher quality of design research studies.
Keywords: Research studies
Design studies
Theoretical study
Design practice
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Procedia : social and behavioral sciences 
EISSN: 1877-0428
DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.143
Description: 2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES-2010) : Innovation and Creativity in Education, Istanbul, Turkey, February 4-8, 2010
Rights: © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. Open access under CC BY-NC-ND license (
The follow publication Siu, K. W. M. (2010). Design research studies for the new needs: balance in theoretical study and design practice. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2(2), 1016-1023 is available at
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