A Paradigm for Promoting Visual Synthesis through Freehand SketchingReport as inadecuate

A Paradigm for Promoting Visual Synthesis through Freehand Sketching - Download this document for free, or read online. Document in PDF available to download.

Design and Technology Education, v15 n3 p68-90 2010

Research (Fish, 2004) suggests that everybody should be taught how to freehand sketch and utilise it as a tool for supporting the visualising instinct. A fundamental shift in philosophy of the technology education system in Ireland towards design driven subjects brought with it a need to develop practising teacher's technological capabilities. This paper is concerned with the exploration and development of freehand sketching as a support tool for visual synthesis and creative discovery during design driven activities. The fundamental hypothesis tested was whether a set of empirically derived activities ranging from observation to imagination, improved the ability of students with novice sketching ability to develop, manipulate and synthesise graphical libraries through the medium of freehand sketching. 124 students of an Initial Technology Teacher Education programme participated in a journey through the activities as part of a third year undergraduate Design and Communication Graphics module. The study was carried out over a four week period, it involved eight hours of classroom based instruction and the sketching ability of all students was measured pre and post-instruction. Results from the study reveal a statistically significant increase in student's ability to freehand sketch with notable improvement in their fluency and ability to synthesise concepts and geometries. Overall, the novel and original activities have a notable effect on student's ability to form, manipulate and synthesise visual information and communicate this through freehand sketching. The model presented has potential to be successively implemented by other teachers in a variety of educational settings and student populations. (Contains 34 figures.)

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Freehand Drawing, Synthesis, Design, Technology Education, Cognitive Processes, Problem Solving, Visualization, Models, Geometric Concepts, Secondary School Students

Design and Technology Education Association. 16 Wellesbourne House, Walton Road, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, CV35 9JB, UK. Tel: +44-1789-470007; Fax: +44-1789-841995; e-mail: info[at]data.org.uk; Web site: http://www.data.org.uk

Author: Lane, Diarmaid; Seery, Niall; Gordon, Seamus

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=595&id=EJ916490

Related documents