Title: Exploring the 'Cultural Capital' of Design Educators
Authors: Strickfaden, Megan ×
Heylighen, Ann #
Issue Date: 2007
Host Document: Design for Society: Innovation, Sustainability and Knowledge pages:899-900
Conference: ICED: International Conference on Engineering Design edition:16 location:Paris date:28-31 August 2007
Abstract: Design students and practitioners commonly speak of how they have been influenced by their teachers
throughout their studies. Sometimes these influences are described as being positive, where a design
educator has acted to inspire and motivate students to replicate or enact design tasks, issues and values
as their mentor would have. At other times a design educator has left a negative impression, where
students find themselves acting against the teacher. This paper is not about students’ reaction to
educators nor does it look at the relationship between both. It does, however, seek to investigate what
is considered to be at the root of design education—the cultural capital of design educators. In doing
so, this paper identifies three key themes relating to the cultural capital of eleven design educators
from different geographical locations in the western world. These themes result from analyzing
intimate narratives presented by the educators, which identify some of the values, beliefs and actions
that are consciously and sometimes unconsciously being passed along to future designers.
ISBN: 1-904670-02-4
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Department of Architecture - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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