Doctoral thesis defence: Bruce Snaddon

Bruce Snaddon will defend his PhD thesis "LEARNING FOR FUTURE KNOWING NOW: INVESTIGATING TRANSFORMATIVE PEDAGOGIC PROCESSES WITHIN A DESIGN FACULTY IN A SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY" at AHO on October 14th. The defense will be in english. 

Trial lecture: “What does it mean to be a white person teaching in the postcolonial and post-apartheid context and how does that influence teaching and learning and curriculum development in design?”


Defense: 14.00
The PhD thesis is available to read here.​
 
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Summary

Design educators working in higher education institutions face the enduring challenge of translating creative design practice into pedagogy and curricula that prepare students for entry into the world of work. This not only entails keeping up with current modes of designing but also requires critical attention to how the practice and discipline of designing, with its material and increasingly immaterial outcomes, are shaping and being shaped by a complex and connected world.
 
Design courses need flexible curricula and dynamic pedagogical approaches to address and respond to such flux, the changing needs of society and, importantly, the question of design and its relation to sustainability and the current climate crisis.
 
In this thesis, I take up the question of how design educators can actively explore different approaches to design pedagogy that might enable a transition for design education towards long-term sustainability. Such transition includes a critical review of how and where design learning might be carried out, so as to break with hegemonic orthodoxies in design practice, its education, and in broader society. This thesis is a practice-based inquiry into the need to shape design curricular and pedagogical activities to meet future work and professional practice as well as the burgeoning fields of design for sustainability and social innovation in an unsustainable world.
 
The main contribution of this study is a pedagogical framework that comprises a set of mutually reinforcing modalities and navigational principles for design education in a transitioning reorientation towards long-term sustainable design practice.

bruce_snaddon.jpgAbout the candidate: Bruce Snaddon is a Senior Lecturer teaching Communication Design at graduate and under-graduate levels in the department of Applied Design, within the Faculty of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has 25 years’ experience within this environment and has worked with colleagues to evolve curricula and pedagogy that are awake and relevant to world change. He holds an MPhil in Education (University of Cape Town, 2006) with research interests in phenomenological approaches to teaching and learning in design education. 

Supervisor

Prof Andrew Morrison
 

Adjudication Committee

First opponent: Professor Elmarie Costandius, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Second opponent: Professor Mathilda Tham, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Third member and coordinator: Associate Professor Hanne Cecilie Geirbo (Oslo Met / AHO), Norway



 
Program:

Dato: 14 oktober, 2020
Tid: 14:00

Sted: Zoom