A Study Investigating Indian Middle School Students’ Ideas of Design and Designers

Farhat Ara, Sugra Chunawala, Chitra Natarajan
2011, Vol. 16, No. 3,


This paper reports on an investigation into middle school
students’ naïve ideas about, and attitudes towards design
and designers. The sample for the survey consisted of
students from Classes 7 to 9 from a school located in
Mumbai. The data were analysed qualitatively and
quantitatively to look for trends in students' responses.
Results show that Indian middle school students, who had
no experience in design and technology education,
demonstrated an incomplete understanding of what design
is and what designer

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