Investigating the Impact of Interdisciplinary Experience on the Learning Performance of Industrial Design Students


This study explores the impact of three different interdisciplinary experience student groups on the learning outcomes of industrial design students (without interdisciplinary learning process, participating in interdisciplinary activity courses, and participating in complete interdisciplinary courses). To understand what kind of learning experience can effectively improve students' cross-disciplinary teamwork ability and the differences in the complete product development process. In the research, semi-structured interview questionnaires were used to collect, analyze, and summarize the interviewees' learning process, practical operation, and other issues. Quantitative evaluation is carried out through cross-disciplinary basic ability analysis (communication, reflection, practice) and product development learning effectiveness (Rubrics scale) formulated by professional teachers. Qualitative interviews are also conducted with students with different interdisciplinary learning experiences, recording the students' special presentations and digs into the situation of team interaction. The analysis was carried out with one-way analysis of variance, descriptive statistics, and interview coding. The results show that the teams of "participating in interdisciplinary activity courses" and "participating in complete interdisciplinary courses" are better than the teams with "no interdisciplinary learning process", in terms of interdisciplinary basic core competencies and product development. No significant difference was shown between "participating in an interdisciplinary activity course" and "participating in a complete interdisciplinary course". Therefore, students of the Department of Industrial Design can cooperate with different faculties and schools by participating in active cross-disciplinary courses and improve their participation in cross-disciplinary teamwork through learning experiences.

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Wen-Chi Chen, Tatung University, Taiwan
Chih-Fu Wu, Tatung University, Taiwan
Dan-Dan Xu, Tatung University, Taiwan
Meng-Chieh Liu, Tatung University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACP2023
Stream: Psychology and Education

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Chen W., Wu C., Xu D., & Liu M. (2023) Investigating the Impact of Interdisciplinary Experience on the Learning Performance of Industrial Design Students ISSN: 2187-4743 – The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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