Title

Collaborative Mentorships in Design Education

Keywords

unstructured mentorships, structured mentorships, course design, learning environments

Abstract

Peer mentorship in education has many well-documented benefits. However, students in the Millennial generation do not respond well to traditional, structured mentorship practices reflecting Baby Boomer values and mentality typically found in contemporary design education. This study specifically addresses mentorship practices among Millennial industrial design students at Brigham Young University and the Technical University of Delft. We researched student behavior through literature reviews, nine student/faculty interviews, and a student survey on collaborative practices with sixty-one respondents. Based on this research, students can best develop authentic, beneficial mentorships through frameworks that encourage unstructured learning. Successful examples include long-term collaboration in special topics classes and student-run clubs and organizations. The paper concludes with potential dangers of collaboration and a plan to increase collaborative mentorships at Brigham Young University.

Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date

2016-08-10

Language

English

College

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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