Design research studies for the new needs: Balance in theoretical study and design practice

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This paper briefly reviews current design research studies. Taking current design research programmes in China as case studies, the paper criticises the programmes as they lack a balance between theoretical study and design practice. The paper identifies the need for change - reform - in design research studies in a country which faces continuous social, economical and industrial changes. It then discusses the advantages, limitations, difficulties, opportunities, and possibilities of having this balance in design research studies. By proposing some directions for the programme implementation and further development, the paper expects to stimulate further investigations and discussions in order to bring a higher quality of design research studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1016-1023
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2010
Event2nd World Conference on Educational Sciences, WCES-2010 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 Feb 20108 Feb 2010


  • balance
  • design practice
  • design studies
  • Research studies
  • theoretical study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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