CREATIVE DESIGN COGNITION DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH AND WITHOUT DESIGN EDUCATION
Editor: Elies Dekoninck, Andrew Wodehouse, Chris Snider, Georgi Georgiev, Gaetano Cascini
Author: John Gero, Rongrong Yu, John Wells
Section: THE CREATIVE MIND
This paper presents results from a study exploring the relationship between design education and creative design cognition in high school students. Data from coded protocols of high school students with and without design education serve as the source. Audio/video recordings of student dyads engaged in a design task captured both their design approach and their concurrent design conversation. Using the verbal protocol methodology, videos were coded using the Function-Behaviour-Structure ontology. This coding scheme was augmented by two further codes “new” and “surprising” as the basis for measuring design creativity. Results revealed significant differences between the two cohorts in creative design cognition, while no significant differences in general design cognition were found.