Examining the Types of Knowledge Claims Made in Design Research

Jordan Beck, Erik Stolterman

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Abstract

While much has been written about designerly knowledge and designerly ways of knowing in the professions, less has been written about the production and presentation of knowledge in the design discipline. In the present paper, we examine the possibility that knowledge claims might be an effective way to distinguish the design discipline from other disciplines. We compare the kinds of knowledge claims made in journal publications from the natural sciences, social sciences, and design. And we find that natural and social science publications tend to make singular knowledge claims of similar kinds whereas design publications often contain multiple knowledge claims of different kinds. We raise possible explanations for this pattern and its implications for design research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-214
Number of pages16
JournalShe Ji
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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