An Instructional Design on Yoruba, Gujarati and Algerian Spaces

By Abimbola Asojo, Vibhavari Jani and Mohamed Cherif Amor.

Published by The Design Collection

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This paper presents an instructional design utilizing Yoruba, Gujarati, and Algerian spaces to help educators integrate diverse cultural and global perspectives in design education. The authors illustrate how educators can develop more effective instruction through an instructional design process that uses fundamental components such as the learners, objectives, methods, and evaluation symbiotically. The authors utilize Grant’s 1991 pedagogical approach for introducing diversity in design education, Anderson’s ACT-R theory (1995) which focuses on three stages of skill acquisition: cognitive, associative, and autonomy, and Bloom’s (1956) six levels of cognitive objectives: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation to develop an instructional design on Yoruba, Gujarati and Algerian spaces.
The instructional design process utilizes three pedagogical approaches suggested by
Grant (1991) for introducing diversity in design education. They are:
1. The Inclusion Approach, which utilizes examples from non-Western perspectives as references for discussing design ideas.
2. The Contribution Approach, which selects non-Western “invisible designers” and analyzes the contributions they have made.
3. The Transformational Approach, which is a product of the first two approaches. The authors will share their results and findings, as well as student outcomes of how this instructional design process helped them in integrating diverse cultural and global precedents in teaching design to help other educators. Corroborating previous research, the findings of the present research suggests that the inclusion of diverse cultural and global perspectives in Design education results in a plethora of design possibilities that lead to better design outcomes; hence better designer training.

Keywords: Architecture, Interior Design, Instructional Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.63-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.019MB).

Dr. Abimbola Asojo

Director and Associate Professor of Interior Design, College of Architecture, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Abimbola Asojo is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Interior Design Division at the College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma. She has been a professor at the University of Oklahoma since 1997. She holds a Masters in Architecture: Computing and Design from University of East London, England and Masters and Bachelors in Architecture from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Her teaching areas are lighting design; architecture design and human factors; computer modeling; corporate design; and commercial design. Her research areas are cross-cultural design issues; African architecture; computing and design; lighting design; and global design issues. She has published over fifty articles in the Journal of Interior Design (JID); Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review; Designing for the 21st Century journal; Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) journal; Journal of Design Communication; Interior and Sources Magazine; Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture proceedings; Interior Design Educators Council proceedings; Diversity in Beginning Design conference proceedings; International Space Syntax Symposium proceedings; and the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environment Working paper series. She is a licensed architect in the state of Oklahoma and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She is NCIDQ certified and is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). She serves on the Journal of Interior Design (JID) Review board. She has worked on numerous design projects in United States, Nigeria and Kuwait.

Prof. Vibhavari Jani

Professor, Interior Design, School of Architecture, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, USA

Prof. Vibhavari Jani was trained as an architect, interior designer, painter, singer, and as a dancer and serves as a Cunningham Endowed Professor of the Interior Design Program within the School of Architecture at Louisiana Tech University. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, India. She received a Gold Medal for her undergraduate work and a Best Thesis Award for her architecture research work. Prof. Jani has also received many grants for various research projects. Her paintings, poetry, essays and articles have been published in India, the UK and the US. Among her many publications, “Creation” the book of her abstract paintings based on the Vedanta Philosophy is her favorite. Prof. Jani also illustrated a book entitled “Baal Vikas Yatra” (Baby’s Growth Book) in 2000. Her book of Poetry “Sumbandh Naam Nu Ek Phool” was published in 1999. Her research work on “Interiors and Furniture for Open Plan Offices” was published in 1990. Currently she is working on a textbook “Non-Western Design Tradition” which will be published in 2010. She gives lectures on this subject to create awareness about non-Western cultures.

Dr. Mohamed Cherif Amor

Program Chair, School of Design, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Cherif M. Amor joined the faculty at Texas Tech University in 2000. He earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Design with a specialization in the semantics of the built environment, from the University of Missouri Columbia (2000). Early graduate work (M.Phil degree in architecture, 1987) with special emphasis on home environments was completed at the School of Architecture, New Castle Upon-Tyne, England. Recent research interests focuses on home environments with an emphasis on cultural manifestations and non-western design, based on an environment behavior paradigm. Concomitantly, his publications on collaboration between design schools prompted another line of research interest. He serves as a reviewer of several design publications as well as a site visitor for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and chairs the interior design network within the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). Likewise, he currently holds the position of Director of Education for the Texas/Oklahoma International Interior Design Association (IIDA). During the last six years, he has been the recipient and nominee of ten research and teaching awards.

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