Interventions for teaching sketching skills and reducing inhibition for novice engineering designers

Joran W. Booth, Elkin A. Taborda, Karthik Ramani, Tahira Reid

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Abstract

This paper explores improving sketching skills and reducing the inhibition to sketch for student designers. In the first study, students were taught sketching skills through an in-class workshop. The effect was evaluated using a pre-mid-post test (n = 40). In the second study, students were led through art activities to reduce their inhibition to sketch. The effect was tested using another pre-mid-post test (n = 26). The first study found sketching skills increased, but declined with disuse. The second study found reduced inhibition immediately after the workshop, an increase after the sketch skills workshop, and a decrease over the semester. This suggests that sketch training and inhibition-reducing exercises are effective in the short term, but must be emphasized over time for a permanent change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalDesign Studies
Volume43
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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