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A “Digital Process Book” Learning Tool For The Design Studio: Concept And Development, Lori A. Brunner Mar 2011

A “Digital Process Book” Learning Tool For The Design Studio: Concept And Development, Lori A. Brunner

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The purpose of this study is to introduce a new learning tool to the interior design studio, namely, a “digital process book.” Paper-based process books are not new to the studio. A process book includes representations of the activities that occur and artifacts that are constructed as a student completes a design project. It allows the instructor, jurors, and others, to see the processes a student goes through to complete a project. It is also intended to assist students as a tool in the learning and design process. Schenk (2007) similarly describes this process work in the graphic design context ...


Undergraduate Interior Design Program Admissions: What Is The Best Predictor Of Future “Success?”, Lori A. Brunner Mar 2009

Undergraduate Interior Design Program Admissions: What Is The Best Predictor Of Future “Success?”, Lori A. Brunner

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The purpose of this paper is to present initial findings of a quasi-experimental study that analyzes what selection criteria provide the best measures of predicting future “success” in an undergraduate interior design program. Success in this study utilizes a performance assessment of a capstone interior design project.


A Record Of The Design Process: A Systematic Investigation Of The Role, Value, And Effectiveness Of The “Process Book” For Interior Design Students, Lori A. Brunner Jan 2009

A Record Of The Design Process: A Systematic Investigation Of The Role, Value, And Effectiveness Of The “Process Book” For Interior Design Students, Lori A. Brunner

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The aim of this study is to analyze the structure, role, and effectiveness of a design student's "process book" as a method of capturing and facilitating design thinking. The "process book" includes all of the work completed during a design project such as written notes, drawings, and research. This study poses the following research questions: 1) What role and value does the process book have to design students and instructors? 2) How can the process book structure help to reduce a student’s cognitive load, yet allow for the spontaneous actions involved in graphic thinking?

This mixed-method research study ...


The Student As Software Developer: Engaging Interior Design Students In Shaping Their Educational Experiences, Lori A. Brunner Mar 2008

The Student As Software Developer: Engaging Interior Design Students In Shaping Their Educational Experiences, Lori A. Brunner

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The purpose of this paper is to present an application of a constructivist learning strategy for interior design students. In an upper level undergraduate seminar course, Technology and Design Thinking, students were asked to develop a digital learning tool that would assist them in the design studio. Entrepreneurial in nature, this class challenged students to think about an instructional technology tool/tutor/tutee application that they would want to use in the studio. What is lacking in the existing studio environment that might be also useful to their fellow classmates? Is there a niche that they might be able to ...


Technology And Design Thinking: A Look At Interior Design Students’ Conceptualizations, Lori A. Brunner Nov 2007

Technology And Design Thinking: A Look At Interior Design Students’ Conceptualizations, Lori A. Brunner

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The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore interior design students’ understanding of their design thinking, and to investigate how they view digital technology’s role in these activities. The research questions are: 1. How do interior design students conceptualize interior design as a discipline? 2. How do these students conceptualize their design process? 3. What value do students place on the “process book”1 as a representation of their design breadth and depth in a given project? 4. How do students view computer technology’s role in their design thinking and their design products? Participants viewed interior design ...


Infusing Creativity And Design Into A University Faculty Mentor Process: Means And Ends, Lori A. Brunner, Katherine Richardson Bruna Apr 2007

Infusing Creativity And Design Into A University Faculty Mentor Process: Means And Ends, Lori A. Brunner, Katherine Richardson Bruna

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“So you have a design degree, why are you interested in the area of curriculum and instructional technology?” For me I see so many connections and important contributions to both design and education, in addition to the valuable lessons learned by taking an interdisciplinary approach to projects. This case study provides one example of how design and education, together, can produce exciting processes and results that help inform both design and education scholars.


Student Perspectives On Design, Learning, And Interior Design Education, Lori A. Brunner Mar 2007

Student Perspectives On Design, Learning, And Interior Design Education, Lori A. Brunner

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The purpose of this study is to investigate how students conceptualize their learning and design experiences in an undergraduate interior design accredited program. In particular, how do they rate their own abilities in general skills and student preparedness, what interior design skills and knowledge are important to them, as well as what design activities are most significant and least significant in the design process? Many scholars argue that prior knowledge is an essential variable in design learning. However, if students' perceptions of design are incorrect, inconsistent, or incompatible with experts, radical conceptual change is required in order to modify these ...


Are There Lasting Effects Of A Schema Based Learning System In Interior Design Studio?, Lori A. Brunner, Dorothy L. Fowles Mar 2006

Are There Lasting Effects Of A Schema Based Learning System In Interior Design Studio?, Lori A. Brunner, Dorothy L. Fowles

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Gallini (1989) argues that, “the ability to combine a collection of problems into a meaningful representation, or schema facilitates learning” (p. 244). In a previous study, it was found that introducing a schema-based learning system in the design studio assisted novice designers in a structured, purposeful process, where they began to see patterns of information and use these patterns to develop and refine their design solutions. Their design solutions proved to be significantly better than the other students who did not utilize the instructional interventions. But, does this instructional intervention have any lasting effects with this same group of students ...


Schema Theory In The Interior Design Studio, Lori A. Brunner Mar 2005

Schema Theory In The Interior Design Studio, Lori A. Brunner

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Gallini (1989) argues that, “the ability to combine a collection of problems into a meaningful representation, or schema facilitates learning” (p. 244). More specifically, Chan (1990) reports, “that the ability of organizing and applying schemata determines a designer’s ability” (p. 78). The purpose of this study was to measure the impact and effectiveness of a conceptual advanced organizer, a database/analysis card model, in the interior design studio. The effectiveness characteristics were examined from four main areas of a design project: 1) organization of information, 2) categorization of information, 3) application of theory, and 4) overall design. The following ...


Synthesizing Critical Thinking, Theory, Creativity, And Process In A Design Studio: A Need For A New Computer-Learning Tool For Interior Design, Lori A. Brunner Mar 2003

Synthesizing Critical Thinking, Theory, Creativity, And Process In A Design Studio: A Need For A New Computer-Learning Tool For Interior Design, Lori A. Brunner

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Design students may be obtaining a broad range of knowledge in their university experience, but there needs to be a more explicit integration of their growing knowledge base with a systematic method of thinking, understanding, exploring and applying in the interior design studio. Thus, the design studio provides a venue and an instructional technology tool provides the means of integrating these activities. The purpose of this presentation is threefold. First, to lay the foundation for this hypothesis and provide guidance for developing an instructional tool, a brief overview of interior design trends, systems thinking and design process paradigms are outlined ...