Six Functions of Theory: Affecting and Effecting Design Thinking

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University of New South Wales
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
ConnectED 2010: International Conference on Design at Sydney, 2010, pp. 1 - 5
Issue Date:
2010-01
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The idea of 'theory' whether in Thomas `grand theory sense or in the more informal `mental model sense [1997: 86] is generally accepted within most disciplines, including architecture and design, as being indicative of an underlying set of premises, propositions or beliefs that represent the very foundations of our thoughts and actions. Inescapably informed by theory as we all are by a `knowing commitment to particular and specific theories no less than by an often `unknowing and unrecognized commitment to the `everydayness of personal knowledge and assumptions, preferences and prejudices, expectations and desires there nevertheless appears to be a significant lack of attention paid to exploring just how theory `works and what it `does.
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