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Title: Review of creativity factors in final year design projects in China
Authors: Zhang, Yang
Bohemia, Erik
McCardle, John
Keywords: Design education
Project-based learning
Product design
Knowledge
Problem-solving
China
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: IED and Design Society
Citation: ZHANG, Y., BOHEMIA, E. and MCCARDLE, J., 2017. Review of creativity factors in final year design projects in China. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Production Design Education (E&PDE 2017), Oslo, Norway, 7th-8th September 2017.
Abstract: This paper focuses on investigating a common phenomenon that emerges in the reformative process of China’s design education system from the traditional to ‘creativity-directed’. The investigation is explored through the following aspects: the circumstance of conducting Final Year Design Projects (FYDPs) in China, with a review of relevant pedagogical theories of Project-based learning (PjBL); and a review of cross-cultural understanding of creativity. Through conducting the literature survey, it is proposed that some product design students’ lack creative abilities that could affect their learning performance in FYDPs. It is proposed that this is evident through their difficulty in applying subject specific knowledge in an effective way. Analyses suggest that underpinning the problem might be the educational and social cultures within China’s product design programmes and how the final year projects are implemented. In conclusion it is suggested that design students’ creative abilities are influenced by the adopted problem solving processes that involve knowledge application.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26039
Publisher Link: http://epde.info/epde2017/
ISBN: 9781904670841
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers and Presentations (Loughborough University London)
Conference Papers and Presentations (Design School)

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