Michael McAuley

Doctor of Philosophy, (Education)
Study Completed: 2009
College of Education

Citation

Thesis Title
A small drop of ink, falling like dew: An investigation into the process of interpreting the written word into an illustration

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Mr McAuley’s research explored the process of how the written word is interpreted into visual form as an illustration. While designing is often thought of as a tacit, intuitive activity, this study set out to demonstrate that explicit methods of thinking can be harnessed when designing and they can assist novice students develop meta-cognitive awareness of their design process and improve their designing skills. Two specific learning strategies, relating to comprehension and analogical reasoning, were incorporated iteratively during three cycles of an action research enquiry. These strategies are defined as thinking tools. The research has demonstrated that, while designing does involve tacit, intuitive thought, explicit methods of thinking can also assist design creativity. This can help de-mystify the design process and improve learning.

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