EINA University School de Disseny i Art de Barcelona. Attached to the UAB

Research Groups

Didactics of design (DIDI)

Coordination

Researchers

Presentation

The group presents itself as an open collective unit within EINA, University School of Design and Art, in which teachers and students are gathered around a space of research and group discussion, allowing its group members to have a body on which to establish and nurture common interests and synergies within the field. To this respect, DIDI investigations are not directed or formally addressed , but rather arise independently and are in-progress developed according to the needs of the research at stake.

Objectives

To develop, promote and support research initiatives on the teaching of design, featuring:

Keywords

didactics, design, cross-curricular themes and topics , project, evaluation, action , methodologies , learning, knowledge

Areas of Research

The group shares an interest in the investigation of the didactic nature of design, bringing together the related agents , attitudes, skills , methodologies and evaluation mechanisms and seeking to unveil the counterparts between learning and knowledge.

DIDI understands that knowledge is not acquired through propaedeutic courses constituted as technical and instrumental sections based on the memorization of content, but by favoring a transversal education in pro of the generalist and integrative training of each individual. In this sense, not in conflict with specialties, but rather claiming each other mutually, knowledge becomes a system of different nodes that form an expanded network in space and time.

DIDI investigates in an atmosphere embracing the necessary attitudes for an approach to this expanded web. The location of the content in the network as well as the methodological processes, are structured to make research a collaborative ecosystem among all agents set around the environment, including the School itself. Such exercise is the result of the investigation of the current status in relation to academic learning conditions and the relative constructive exercise around it, having the school itself act as an accession territory.

Thus, transversely driving the research process in didactics: teachers, undergraduate and postgraduate students and other research groups, nourish spaces and encourage peripheral in-and-out looks under different perspectives and distances, over the proposed environment.

Within the field of study, the following research lines are kept open:

The topics covered in activities carried out so far, registered in conferences, publications, workshops and teaching practices , and illustrating the lines of current research, are:

History and Design studies

Coordination

Researchers

Presentation

The group is oriented to reflect upon the discipline of History applied to Design, both on the definition and methodology and in its didactic application. Moreover, the group generates research on contemporary Art and Design. History is presented as a specific and unique process to recognize the evolution and the fundamentals of Design, providing materials for prospective reflection on the present.

Objectives

Keywords

design, art, architecture, culture, historiography, post- modernity, industry, methodology archive

Areas of research

Design processes. Advanced practices in Art and Design

www.designprocesses.org
info@designprocesses.org

Coordination

Researchers

Presentation

The group opens up to EINA teachers as a space built for research and collective discussion, creating a real and effective service to the investigations of its group members. Initiatives arise from an individual or subgroup, that plan the working process according to the needs of each research study. Therefore, investigations are not conducted by the coordination group, but arise and develop autonomously.

Objectives

Develop, promote and support research initiatives on current practices in Art and Design, offering:

Keywords

art, teaching, communications, design, innovation, interaction, practice, project, technology

Areas of research

The philosophy of this group is that it is the conducting research that will determine the framework of the group, rather than that the research group determines the framework of its members. To such respect, all research activities that may fall within the definitions of Advanced Art and Design are welcome.

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