A Survey of Industrial Design Students’ Learning Difficulties in Taiwan

By Ming-Ying Yang, Manlai You and Peilin Liao.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study attempts to explore the institutional and personal aspects of learning difficulties of industrial design (ID) students in Taiwan. The study was conducted in three stages: First, five semi-structured focus group interviews were conducted to gain a general contextual understanding of learning difficulties. Then, a questionnaire was developed and used in a pre-test survey of forty students. Lastly, 360 ID students recruited from four universities completed the survey. The institutional aspects causing ID students’ learning difficulties primarily involve the location of universities, specificity and inconsistency of instructors’ criticisms on design works. The personal aspects causing learning difficulties mainly refer to time management, learning skills and method, and career decision. Analysis shows that students’ learning difficulties differ with gender, year in university, school, background in high school, and academic performance. Finally, based on the findings, some implications for design pedagogy and evaluation are discussed, and then further research is proposed.

Keywords: Learning Difficulties, Design Education, Design Learning, Industrial Design, Student Guidance

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp.299-312. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.046MB).

Dr. Ming-Ying Yang

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Design, The National United University, Miaoli, Miaoli, Taiwan

Dr. Yang is an assistant professor of Industrial Design at the National United University in Taiwan. She holds a doctoral degree of Design Studies from the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. Her research interests include gender and design, design education, e-portfolio.

Prof. Manlai You

Professor, Department of Industrial Design, The National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Dr. You is a professor of Industrial Design at the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. He holds a doctoral degree of System Design from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has published over forty journal papers in national and international journals such as Design Studies, Applied Ergonomics and International Journal of Design. His research interests include ergonomics, e-learning and design education.

Peilin Liao

Teacher, Interior Design Program, Yushan Senior High School, Taiwan

Ms. Liao is teaching interior design at the Yushan Senior High School. She got her bachelor and master degree of Industrial Design at National Yunlin University of Science and Technology.

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