Curriculum Development in Industrial Design Education in transition: Challenges and issues in a Thai university

Abstract

In Thailand, it is widely accepted that development in education is lagging behind the progress of the economy and industries. During the 2018 Transition Discussion in KMUTT, Industrial Design (ID) education received a call to reconsider reforming the traditional teaching style. Discussion among international scholars from the field formed the direction of ID curriculum development study. Interviews of design experts from Japan, Singapore, and Thailand, including parents, and students revealed that the present traditional teaching style, where students only complete the tasks assigned by lecturers, is no longer effective and that a holistic view of practice should be implemented. Therefore, the focus of education should not be to produce graduates who serve a single job but to prepare universal persons who can learn new things. It is very challenging for educators in the design field to pioneer a novel course for design education. This study presents three challenging issues. First, Content-Based Learning: integrated content-based learning would replace subject-based learning. Next, Competency Development Visualization: taking on different roles would help students to visually realize the competency development of their peers. Then they can reflect on their development. Finally, Opportunity Provider: the perception of instructors is paramount. Moreover, their role would not be exclusive to teaching and facilitating, but they would systematically study the students’ development then classify and provide opportunities to improve their competency. In this scenario, the knowledge ceiling of courses must be varied and dynamic.



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Bettizza Escueta, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
Pronyos Chattarakul, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

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Conference: ACE2021
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development

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To cite this article:
Escueta B., & Chattarakul P. (2022) Curriculum Development in Industrial Design Education in transition: Challenges and issues in a Thai university ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2021: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2022.55
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2022.55


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