Computer usage in interior design: professional applications and pedagogical implications

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Title: Computer usage in interior design: professional applications and pedagogical implications
Author: Curry, Zane Douglas
Abstract: This study surveyed professional members of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID ) and Institute of Business Designers (IBD ) , ascertained computer competencies desired for entry -level employment by interior design graduates , and determined demographic characteristics such as type of practice , computer use , size of firm , etc . This study also compared competencies desired by professional interior designers with the computer competencies required by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER ) first professional level degree accredited programs , and surveyed FIDER -accredited programs and determined how interior design students were being instructed in computer applications . Questionnaires were mailed to 640 ASID and 160 IBD randomly selected professional members . The instrument contained questions concerning size of firm , type of practice , educational background , computer applications , and attitudes toward the use of the computer in the future of the interior design industry . A separate questionnaire containing questions concerning pedagogical methods , media , and requirements was mailed to representatives of the 73 first professional level degree programs accredited by FIDER . Forty -two percent of the IBD and 20 percent of the ASID professional members , and 63 percent of the representatives of the FIDER -accredited programs returned questionnaires . The data indicate that professional interior designers require an awareness level of student achievement for computer systems . However , professional interior designers indicated that interior design graduates should be competent in the use of computer -aided design /drafting (CAD ) (73 .4 % ) and word processing (57 .4 % ) , and the majority believed that the use of computers will be increasingly important in the future . Of the 46 FIDER -accredited programs , with a total enrollment of 5 ,315 students , the majority (73 .9 % ) required a level of student achievement for computer systems higher than the "awareness" level recommended in the FIDER standards and guidelines . FIDER -accredited programs , as a whole , are currently meeting the entry -level computer skill requirements of professional interior designers . Professional interior designers indicate that the use of computers in the future will continue to escalate and will be essential to the interior design graduate . Therefore , educators must continually evaluate curricula , methods , and media to stay abreast of industry standards .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /21978
Date: 1992-05


Computer usage in interior design: professional applications and pedagogical implications. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /21978 .

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