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Title: Threshold Concepts and Design for Social Change
Authors: Souleles, Nicos 
Ferreira, Ana Margarida 
Savva, Stefania 
Major Field of Science: Social Sciences
Field Category: Educational Sciences
Keywords: Design for social change;Higher education curricula;Social design;Threshold Concepts
Issue Date: 7-Jun-2020
Source: International Conference on Social and Occupational Ergonomics, 24-28 July 2019, Washington D.C., United States
Conference: International Conference on Social and Occupational Ergonomics 
Abstract: The transition from ambiguous and unclear areas of academic enquiry towards well-defined knowledge boundaries confronts design for social change. Research relevant to the epistemological dimensions of the related academic discipline is limited. Identification of Threshold Concepts (TCs) unique to this academic area can help define appropriate knowledge boundaries. TCs are essential knowledge portals that, once mastered, can result in a transformed way of developing knowledge. Transformation may be emergent or protracted. This paper identifies a number of TCs and elaborates on their significance. Data were collected through a questionnaire with participants from academic and social design practice. This paper argues that it is of educational value to consider that some TCs in the related Higher Education (HE) curricula have to do with ways of thinking and practice, rather than the mastering of discrete conceptual ideas. This has implications for curriculum development in the area of design for social change.
ISBN: 978-303020144-9
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-20145-6_8
Rights: © Springer Nature
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Type: Conference Papers
Affiliation : Cyprus University of Technology 
Universidade Europeia 
Unidade de Investigação em Design e Comunicação 
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