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Perceptions of creativity amongst university design tutors

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Publication date1/12/2012
Host publicationICDC 2012 - 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, Proceedings
PublisherDesign Society
Pages287-296
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781904670391
<mark>Original language</mark>English
Event2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, ICDC 2012 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 18/09/201220/09/2012

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, ICDC 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period18/09/1220/09/12

Publication series

NameICDC 2012 - 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, Proceedings
Volume1 DS73

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Design Creativity, ICDC 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period18/09/1220/09/12

Abstract

This paper describes the perceptions and views of creativity amongst a selection of UK-based design tutors. The paper presents the findings of research that has questioned a total of 16 design tutors in architecture and industrial design in a leading UK university that specialises in design education. The researchers adopted a semi-structured interview approach and collected a series of rich insights into how design tutors conceptualise creativity, and how they perceive their role in developing creativity in their students. The findings show perhaps unsurprisingly that design tutors clearly value creativity whilst, at the same time, they find it very difficult to define and conceptualise. They were also unable to articulate how they helped their students develop their own creativity. The findings also reveal that the design tutors would value understanding creativity more in order to improve their teaching.