People & Design module – Individual Research Day 2

We discussed about outdoor activity that we researched yesterday. And then we tried to find connecting technology with nature.

About activity

–       Role play in education

–       Expedition

–       First aid

–       Volunteering

–       Outdoor leadership

–       People + culture

–       Animal + children

–       Junk food/diet

–       B.O.D.O.R

–       Self reflection

–       Resourcefull – any age

–       Creative thinking

–       Before : during : after

–       Progression

–       Accreditation – dynamic

–       Peer education


People & Design module – Individual Research Day

Today, we tried to find some special outdoor activity to improve the SOEC. After school, I research about role playing in education, volunteering with children and compassionate kids care about animal.


Role playing, a derivative of a sociodrama, is a method for exploring the issues involved in complex social situations. It may be used for the training of professionals or in a classroom for the understanding of literature, history, and even science. (See also paper on use of Drama in Education on this website.)

The great developmental psychologist, Jean Piaget, described two modes of learning: “assimilation” and “accommodation.” In assimilation, people figuratively “fill in” their mental map of their world, while in accommodation, they figuratively change that mental map, expand or alter it to fit their new perceptions. Both processes are complementary and concurrent, but different types of learning tend to emphasize one or the other mode.

Rote memorization tends to emphasize assimilation. In contrast, learning to climb a tree, swim, or ride a bicycle emphasizes accommodation. Accomodation involves a gaining of a “knack,” and tends to be the kind of learning that is almost impossible to fully forget. Assimilative learning, as we all know, is remarkably easy to forget.

Some kinds of rote memorization becomes accommodative to the extent that the words or ideas are linked to rhythms, poetic cadences, and music, and this is why a certain small group of activities–a recited bit of Shakespeare or a narrative song– may stay with an individual far more readily than, say, the list of vocabulary words mastered for a foreign language test and then forgotten. It has to do with the using of certain information.

Unfortunately, so much of education is oriented to the kinds of learning that can be more easily tested, which is assimilative, memorization-type learning. Yet what the world really needs is people who have skills, and skills go beyond mere knowledge of facts. Skills, though, require a more complex performance-oriented testing which requires more teacher attention, covers more subtle variables. And skills reflect an accommodative type of learning.

It is a commonly accepted cliché that we want to teach our young people to think, but thinking at any level of complexity requires an exercise of three interdependent component categories of skills: problem-solving; communications; and self-awareness. These skills cannot be learned by reading any number of books, although a little didactic material can be helpful in creating an intellectual framework for the accommodative learning. Rather, the kinds of skills needed for flexible, creative, rational thinking must be exercised, practiced, and learned in a process of interaction, risk-taking, self-expression, feedback, encouragement, and, in short, a process which is closer to learning to swim than learning the capitol cities of the various states.

Self-awareness need not be thought of as a type of psychoanalytic or otherwise obscurely psychologized process. The ancient Greeks called it “rhetoric,” and it referred to a heightened awareness of the ways the childish mind can accept deceptive ideas. One learns self-awareness not only by studying the psychodynamic “defense mechanisms,” but also by exploring cultural forms of manipulation, in political propaganda or advertising; in group dynamics, the tactics of brainwashing or group manipulation; and in learning about interpersonal manipulations. It extends to how people get taken in by phony statistics, but also turns again to help people reflect on how their own motives may interfere with their thinking clearly about a problem.

From this viewpoint, self-awareness is an integral part of problem-solving and communications. Self-awareness is essential to understanding others. And the best way to learn all three categories of skills (each category containing over a score of component skills) is through role playing.

People & Design module – Day 4

Social Aptitude : Conversations with real people.

Today, we had a lecture of conversations with real people with professor Colin Burns. He explained himself that worked small and big company. He also mentioned that design has been getting changed massively. He is interest in how design or design method can be used widely.

The first question was what designer do.

Eg. Explore, create, process, engage, meet user needs, problem identify.

Key point.

1.Having a way of looking

2.Make stuff visible and tangible

3.Try stuff out in simple ways

What about making thing looking good?

That is leading an innovation and creating culture like pyramid.

  1. Innovation = the exploitation of ideas to creative value
  2. Design = a practical method to manage ideas
  3. Invention = the making of ideas
  4. Creativity = lateral non-reductive thought processes
  5. Play fullness = a behavior that encourage creativity

After lunch, we ate yogurt to observe people’s behavior and to find problem. One of interest thing we found that we need a spoon to eat yogurt. It also has a problem of shape of box. So we had a brainstorming with post-it on the white board. After that, we tried to solve the problem making products within 15min and presentation.

People & Design module – Day 2

Design firstly should understand what people need.

Today, I had two lectures with professor Mike Press and Fraser Bruce. The first lecture was codesign for people, products, and places with a professor Mike Press. How design connect crowed, rich experience and what is the design? Design is an act of individual creativity? Otherwise it is about creating commercial products and service? No. the definition is a process of co-creation leading to social, economic, cultural and environmental transformation. He also showed how design was big with some example of people, web site, and books. He also suggested what codesign bring to regeneration such as design thinking, tools and methods, visualization, and so on. In afternoon, I leant making connection with group practice from Fraser Bruce. We practiced mind-mapping about SOEC(Scottish Outdoor Education Center) which we had a experience about field. We developed mind-map with four subjects in education, policy, activity and communication.

People & Design module – Day 1

Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.

This semester we will study people and design module. I visited Scottish Outdoor Education Centres(SOEC) to learn outdoor experiential learning programs. Supervisor Fraser Bruce gave me some information that this area is one of the SOCE in UK and 20,000 children, young people and adults per annum at four sites across Scotland. Before going there, I didn’t know why I should visit Scottish Outdoor Education Centres. But when I got there I could understand why I need it. I had the class of introduction for our task and practice with some object like post-it, camera, bottle of water, a pen and so on in order to think big as a designer. My object was post-it which is just blanked new one. I thought that this post-it can be important memo and planning chart always taking it every time. I also tried to develop the post-it like if it is transparent paper to overlap words. We finally shared each idea from these object. In afternoon, Fiona who is one of the Phd explained case study of SOEC about outdoor education and how SOEC supports these. After the presentation, we participated in activity taster. By doing this activity, I realize that cooperation is how important to each other. And most of activity could be carried out all together.