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Title: Fit' for change : measuring designer competence
Authors: Leclerc, R 
Horan, R 
Keywords: Design competence
Design education
Design psychometrics
Integral psychological profile
Design marginalization
Design creativity
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: International journal of design creativity and innovation, 2018, v. 6, no. 3-4, p. 185-210 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of design creativity and innovation 
Abstract: A deeper understanding of designers' core competencies and psychological traits supports both design education and more effective integration of design into industries seeking innovation. The Integral Psychological Profile, an instrumental breakthrough in psychometric testing, measured a group of young designers for core competence and trait 'fit,' or 'compatibility,' to various design curricula. Psychological 'fit' was significantly associated with better academic performance. Creativity, exploration, and proactivity emerged as gatekeepers to design proficiency with additional competency alignment reinforcing success. IPsP traits, found in high performers, closely matched previous attempts at defining designer attributes. A more comprehensive model of designer competence was developed. Findings also illumined some key psychological guidelines for advancing design in business.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/79737
ISSN: 2165-0349
EISSN: 2165-0357
DOI: 10.1080/21650349.2017.1302363
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