Design Pedagogy: Representations and Processes

AIEDAM Special Issue, Summer 2010, Vol. 24, No. 3

Edited by: Dan Frey, Bill Birmingham & Clive Dym

This special issue of AIEDAM will be devoted to papers concerned with design pedagogy, focusing on how explicit representations of design knowledge and design processes impact teaching design.

Design pedagogy raises significant challenges for researchers in design theory, methodology, and AI. When people learn engineering design or seek to improve their skill as designers, knowledge must be constructed. The teacher is often required to formalize and structure a body of knowledge gained from experience. The student is challenged to observe carefully, form hypotheses, and test them through projects. It is probably not an exaggeration to say that no design method can be effective unless it is teachable.

To advance this important topic, we seek papers dealing with design knowledge and its representation in humans, software, and other processes. Papers addressing the implications for education are particularly encouraged with education construed broadly to include undergraduate, graduate, professional, and K-12.

For this issue, while papers with normal AI content are desired, we broaden the scope to also include papers that provide knowledge and associated methodology for design pedagogy.

The aim of this special issue on Design Pedagogy is to further discussion at the intersection of theory and practice. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Frameworks for teaching engineering design;
  • Representations and models of design knowledge;
  • Differences between expert and novice performance in design and means to bridge them;
  • Assessment of design skill;
  • Particular design processes, how they represent knowledge, and how they facilitate design education.

All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by at least three reviewers. The selection for publication would be made on the basis of these reviews.

Information about the format and style required for AIEDAM papers can be found here.

However, note that all submissions for special issues go to the Guest Editors, and not to the Editor in Chief.

Important dates:
Intend to submit (Abstract & Title):As soon as possible
Submission deadline for full papers:1 May 2009 ***
Reviews due:30 Aug 2009
Notification and reviews to authors:30 Sep 2009
Revised version submission deadline:15 Jan 2010
Issue to publisher:1 Mar 2010
Guest editors:

Please direct all enquiries and submissions to the guest editors:

Dr William Birmingham
Chair, Computer Science Department
Grove City College - Faculty Box 3123
100 Campus Dr.
Grove City, PA 16127, USA.
Email: wpbirmingham [at]

Dr Daniel Frey
Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307, USA.
Email: danfrey [at] MIT.EDU

Dr Clive Dym
Department of Engineering
Harvey Mudd College
301 E. 12th Street
Claremont, CA 91711-5990, USA.
Email: clive_dym [at]