Thesis Type: Postgraduate
Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Turkey
Approval Date: 2018
Student: AVNİ METE BAYDAR
Co-Supervisor: HALDUN SÜRAL, MELİH ÇELİKAbstract:
In the recent years, there is an increase in the number of design workshops addressing industrial design students. Despite the rising interest and participation of industrial design students in these workshops as extracurricular activities, there is a lack of systematic research focusing on this subject. Addressing this gap, this study aims to capture the overall picture of industrial design students' participation in extracurricular design workshops. This thesis particularly examines industrial design students' experiences and expectations from their participation in these workshops considering their educational and professional development. The field study of the thesis consists of two research methods to obtain data from industrial design students from five universities in Turkey. At the first stage of data collection, descriptive questionnaires were employed to 315 students to understand the overall level of participation in design workshops. At the second stage, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 26 students among the participants of the questionnaire who have a stronger interest in design workshops. Based on both qualitative and quantitative analysis of collected data, this thesis offers two main conclusions concerning students' both educational and professional development. First, different characteristics of workshop environment and students' attitudes towards design workshops support industrial design students to develop an active design learning in workshops. Second, teamwork experiences in design workshops contribute to industrial design students' knowledge and skill development through peer learning, collaborative work, and social and professional networking in workshops.