Educating Designers in the Multicultural Europe

Dr. Margaret-Catherine Perivoliotis
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The paper presents a research experiment that investigates the possibilities of developing a positive trans-cultural Design Education that reveals the underlying values behind cultural exchange and cultural clash in the European reality. Inspiration and starting point of this work were the numerous multicultural Socrates/Erasmus student exchanges of the last decades, and also the families of political and economical refugees that Europe has recently received. The role of supervisors, of pedagogical methodologies and of modern technology in the educational process has been also discussed. Additionally the paper examines the possible, conscious or subconscious, influence of the students’ cultural backgrounds, diversities and heritages on the design process, and the influence of globalisation via the communication technologies on the designers’ sensibility and creativity. Examples will be provided, including designs and thoughts of participants from different countries and cultures.

Keywords: Product design and cultural backgrounds,, Design education,, Multicultural design students.
Stream: Instructional Design and Learning Systems
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Educating Designers in the Multicultural Europe

Dr. Margaret-Catherine Perivoliotis

Associate Professor, Design/Textile Design, Technological Educational Institute
Athens, Greece

Place of Birth Athens, Greece. Studies National Technical University of Athens, engineering; Chicago College of Fine Arts Vogue, USA; Interior Design degree, Specialization Fashion/Textile Design; Doctor of Textile Design. Academic career: Associate Professor with tenure of Textile Art and Design and History of Furniture/Decoration; Head of the Textile Design Studio, Interior Design Department; International Academic Coordinator of the Faculty of Graphic and Applied Arts, Technological Educational Institute, TEI, of Athens, Greece, Head of the research programme “ATHENA 2004”. Research: 10 International Research Projects on Design, Textiles, Hellenic Traditional Textiles and Costumes, Cultural Heritage, Design Education, Two European Modules, 12 Journal publications on Textiles, Textile History, Culture, Design and Education, 6 in Design Magazines on Textile Art and Interior Design, 45 International Conference Proceedings on Textile Art/Design, History of Textiles, Design Education, Distance Learning for women and minorities, Cultural Heritage, 3 Books, in Greek language, on History of Textiles, Textile Art and Design, and History of Furniture. Collaborations: Greek private Educational Institution Petra, as head of the Interior Design Department, PRISMA Society for the Leonardo da Vinci Program CRAFT, Dora Stratou Foundation for the study/preservation of Traditional Greek Costumes, TEI Coordinator for the Socrates European programs “Module in European Fashion Industry”, and “European Module in Interior Architecture”, Hellenic SMEs Organization, Hellenic Pedagogical Institute, Athens Municipality, American College of Athens, Centre for Adults Education of Athens, Greece. Workshops/lectures: Graduate/post-graduate students in many European Universities within the Erasmus/Socrates programmes.

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