Doing research in design / Christopher Crouch and Jane Pearce.

by Crouch, ChristopherLooking glass; Pearce, Jane.

Publisher: London : Berg, 2012.Description: xiv, 184 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781847885791.Subject(s): Industrial design -- Research -- MethodologyNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Doing Research in Design presents new ways of thinking about the relationship between design and research by positioning design as a social as well as a material practice. This approach emphasises the social consequences of design decisions as well as the importance of the efficient functioning of a design.

Doing Research in Design argues that design promotes social change and that, in order to understand that change, designers must turn to social science research methods. The book outlines the relationships between thinking and doing in design - and makes explicit links between design, research, philosophy and sociology - and then examines four central social research methodologies in practice.

The aim of Doing Research in Design is to provide anyone involved in the field of design with the knowledge and understanding of the best methods to plan and conduct their research.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Illustrations (p. vii)
  • Introduction (p. ix)
  • The Purpose of this Book (p. ix)
  • How this Book Is Structured (p. xiii)
  • How to Use this Book (p. xiv)
  • 1 Positioning the Designer (p. 1)
  • What the Designer Does (p. 1)
  • The Context of Designing (p. 6)
  • 2 What Do Designers and Researchers Do? Thinking, Doing and Researching (p. 15)
  • Initiating Change (p. 17)
  • Thinking about Questions, Problems and Solutions (p. 19)
  • Wicked Problems (p. 24)
  • Collaborative Designing and Research (p. 27)
  • Thinking about Research (p. 30)
  • 3 Practice and Praxis, Reflection and Reflexivity (p. 33)
  • Practice (p. 34)
  • Praxis (p. 39)
  • Reflection (p. 44)
  • Reflexivity (p. 47)
  • 4 Thinking about Research: Methodology (p. 53)
  • What Is a Research Methodology? (p. 53)
  • What Is a Research Position? (p. 54)
  • Theoretical Lenses for Research (p. 59)
  • Methodologies for Research in Design (p. 62)
  • Conclusion: From Methodology to Methods (p. 63)
  • Questions for Reflection (p. 65)
  • 5 Doing Research: From Methodologies to Methods (p. 67)
  • Identifying a Research Purpose (p. 67)
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research (p. 68)
  • Ethical Research Practices (p. 75)
  • Framing a Research Question: Narrowing Down and Opening Up (p. 76)
  • 6 In the Picture: Ethnography and Observation (p. 83)
  • What Is Ethnography? (p. 83)
  • Methodological Concerns (p. 86)
  • New Ethnographies (p. 90)
  • Methods in Ethnographic Research: Observation (p. 92)
  • Ethnography for Research in Design (p. 97)
  • Questions for Reflection (p. 99)
  • Conclusion (p. 101)
  • 7 Understanding through Story: Narratives (p. 103)
  • What Is Narrative? (p. 103)
  • Narratives in Research (p. 105)
  • Narratives for Research in Design (p. 106)
  • Methods in Narrative Research: Interviewing (p. 112)
  • Sketches of Research Projects Using Narrative (p. 117)
  • Questions for Reflection: Narrative (p. 118)
  • Conclusion (p. 120)
  • 8 Using Case Studies and Mixed Methods (p. 123)
  • What Is Case Study Research? (p. 123)
  • The Logo Project: A Case Study (p. 126)
  • Methodological Choices in Case Study Research (p. 128)
  • Survey Research (p. 131)
  • Sketches of Research Projects Using a Case Study Approach (p. 138)
  • Conclusion (p. 141)
  • 9 Action Research (p. 143)
  • What Is Action Research? (p. 143)
  • Action Research and Design Praxis (p. 146)
  • Practical Action Research: Anusha's Project (p. 147)
  • Participatory Action Research: Urban Playground (p. 151)
  • Sketch of a Research Project Using Action Research (p. 156)
  • Questions for Reflection (p. 156)
  • Conclusion: Action Research and Design Practice (p. 157)
  • 10 Writing about Research (p. 159)
  • Writing as Part of the Research Process (p. 159)
  • The Purpose of Reporting Research (p. 161)
  • The Forms of Academic Writing (p. 163)
  • Representing Data Visually (p. 171)
  • Conclusion (p. 174)
  • References (p. 175)
  • Index (p. 181)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Christopher Crouch coordinates Higher Degrees by Research in the School of Communications and Arts at Edith Cowan University, Australia, and is Professor in the School of Art and Design, Southwest University, Chongqing, China. He is author of Modernism in Art, Design and Architecture and editor of Subjectivity , Creativity and the Institution , and Contemporary Chinese Visual Culture: Tradition, Modernity and Globalisation .

Jane Pearce is Senior Lecturer in Education at Murdoch University, Australia, and author of Identity and Pedagogy: Critical Reflections on Teaching in a University .

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