Desire and tactics: women and Design education

University of New South Wales
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Conference Proceeding
Conference Proceedings for ConnectEd 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Design Education, 2010, pp. 1 - 4
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The past thirty years have seen a significant increase in the numbers of women in Design practice and Design education, the emergence internationally of Design as a scholarly field, and, in Australia, the transition of Design education into the university. Despite a small but important 'women and Design' literature that emerged in the 1980s, much of the literature on Design is notable for the absence of women and their contributions to Design education, while the representation of Design women in senior academic positions in universities does not reflect their participation in the field. Further, issues of gender in Design education are poorly conceptualised and under-theorised, which is evidenced, in part, by the paucity of research investigating women's participation and experiences. I suggest this series of lacks demonstrates a neglect of a significant proportion of the academic Design community, and reduces possibilities for women to articulate, discuss and document their relationship with Design education.
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