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Re: Practical research degree , Dr Design ?

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Rosan Chow <[log in to unmask]>

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Rosan Chow <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 14 Aug 2000 09:17:40 -500

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Hi Ben

You may not care but I am offended by part of your posting and I also find the 
offensive part problematic for a growing discipline. Having said that, I sense that you 
must care enough, otherwise you would not have spent time in responding and I 
thank you for that. I also learn from your insights.

     To me, the recent 
> definitional thread is to some extent rehashing some ground already covered, 
> and my sense is that some of the previous contributors are probably exhausted 
> after hundreds of pages in March-June and lots of discussion at the La Clusaz 
> conference.  (I wish I could have been there, but I was too poor and too busy 
> to go.)

Your above comment sounds like a dismissal and that the ones who contributed on 
the discussion have not added much. The tone of the comment also hints that we 
'know' much about Ph.D. in design.

I have taken a loan to go La Clusaz and after that I am less confident as how much we 
actually 'know'. I am not saying the conference was useless, to the contrary, the 
conference was successful because it questioned things that we had taken for granted 
and it stimulated us to re-think things that we think we know.

As Norm said, Ph.D. is to re-think and re-evaluate existing knowlege, the moment 
we think that we know, that is the end of it. For a young growing discipline like 
design, I think it is extremely detrimental. As a matter of fact, if we think we know 
enough, there is no need for Ph.D.

I find the 'practice-led' or (whatever people like to term it) very interesting but I 
think that we still need more empirical data (dissertations) to support it. I also think 
that the 'practice-led' can challenge existing idea of what knowledge is, and that we 
must NOT stop debating about the nature of it.

I am stimulated instead of exhausted from the discussion and I think to keep the 
ground fertile we must plow it again and again.

Best regards
Rosan

Rosan Chow
Graduate Student
College of Design
North Carolina State University
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