Beyond Aesthetics, Empathy First

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Abstract

Empathy is an important trait for society in general and in the design fields. However, there is a scarce amount of literature on empirical research that examines empathy development in design education. This paper presents a case study of a Service Learning Project (SLP) that exposes students to the development of empathy by proxy in a Research I university in the south-west United States. It describes a teaching exercise that enables students to develop an empathic response through a four-week SLP within a studio course. Thirty-seven sophomore interior design students, two life specialists from the local hospital, one faculty and a liaison between the latter participated in this study over the course of two years. A mixed method strategy was used to collect data from students during two sophomore studios. The study found how faculty promoted student empathy through ‘Design, Make, Gift a Dream’ (DMGD) project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDesign Journal
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Interiors (building)
Teaching
Education
Empathy
Aesthetics
Service Learning
Liaison
Southwest
Mixed Methods
Gift
Exercise
Empirical Research
Design Education

Keywords

  • design
  • design education
  • empathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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Beyond Aesthetics, Empathy First. / Zingoni, Maria.

In: Design Journal, 01.01.2019.

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