A study into students' interests in industrial design engineering using a gender pattern analysis

Margot Stilma, Elizabeth C.J. van Oost, Angelina H.M.E. Reinders, Arthur O. Eger

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This paper describes first year students’ interest and motivation towards the field of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) at the University of Twente during three years (2002-2004). Data was gathered systematically based on students’ interest to aspects of IDE: technology, styling, ergonomics and marketing. Students’ arguments were analysed with help of a theoretical framework, based on: 1. a basic phase model of product development (I/design-product-use/market) and 2. value patterns (virtuosity, economic, and user/need values). Results show varied and gender patterned interest in the mentioned four aspects of IDE. Significant gender differences were also found in type of arguments students used to motivate their rate of interest. Results of this paper can be used for a didactical educational review. They too may be relevant to enhance insight into the differentiating values of people in design practices.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationCrossing design Boundaries. Proceedings of the 3rd engineering & product design education international conference, 15-16-September 2005, Edinburgh, U.K.
EditorsPaul Rogers, Libby Brodhurst, Duncan Hepburn
Place of PublicationUSA
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0-415391180
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2005
Event3rd Engineering and Product Design Education Conference, E&PDE 2005: Crossing design boundaries - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Sept 200516 Sept 2005
Conference number: 3

Publication series

PublisherTaylor & Francis


Conference3rd Engineering and Product Design Education Conference, E&PDE 2005
Abbreviated titleE&PDE
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • METIS-227377
  • IR-60562

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