Proceedings of The 3rd World Conference on Research in Education
A Study on the Application of Epistemic Beliefs Framework in Graphic Design
Designers often apply abilities of design thinking, observation, design management, communication and coordination, as well as creative thinking. Comparing with other disciplines, design is rather special in the way that designers obtain knowledge through experiences of participating and reflecting. Design is usually working in multiple way with different perspectives, and in general consideration, there is no standard answer for a single design work. When designers are more aware of inherent advantages and appropriateness within their own context, the more possibilities and uniqueness can be inspired and presented. Epistemic beliefs are the basic assumptions of learners on knowledge, which will make them view knowledge from different perspectives and affect their learning performance. There have been many researches on epistemic beliefs in science, education and other fields. However, it is rarely explored in design discipline.
The purpose of this study is to apply the knowledge belief framework to graphic design, and to explore graphic designers’ view on epistemic beliefs of graphic design. The research take surveys on people who are learning graphic design, based on the literature and studies on epistemic beliefs in other fields, in order to understand graphic designers’ epistemic beliefs. The result shows that there is a significant correlation between the designer’s “source of knowledge” and “certainty of knowledge”. Also, there is a significant correlation between the designer’s “design experience” and “justification for knowing”. The result indicate that the more experiences designers have, the more complicated their knowledge and beliefs are. Finally, this study proposes a list of suggestions for designers to utilize and researchers for further study.
Keywords: Epistemic beliefs, graphic design, design learning.