Toy design as a tool

DS 62: Proceedings of E&PDE 2010, the 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - When Design Education and Design Research meet ..., Trondheim, Norway, 02.-03.09.2010

Year: 2010
Author: Eriksson, Yvonne; Jerregård, Helena
Page(s): 248-253


The aim of this paper is to report the results of the undergraduate project course Toy Design for Creative Play (Mälardalen University, Sweden) based on human-centred design. It can be described as a design course where different academic disciplines and, consequently, different scholarly traditions meet. From an explicitly expressed gender perspective, the students were assigned the task of creating toy models that will stimulate non-gender-coded play. They worked in project groups, where the students’ specific competences are applied, e.g. engineering technology, pedagogy and information design. This means that the students are confronted with issues related to technology, problem solving, gender and play. The course also aimed to build knowledge about how gender is constructed by means of play, and how this is supported by toys. The course deals with various theoretical as well as practical attributes of toys. The results of the course show that this course design can function as a successful tool for dealing with such issues as gender technology, creativity and learning processes.

Keywords: Gender, toy, learning process, course design


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