INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING CROSS-CULTURAL DESIGN: A Pedagogical Example Using Nigerian and South African Spatial Forms

Abimbola Asojo



This paper discusses instruction on Nigerian and South African spatial forms presented to a Design studio in a Southwestern US University. The goal was to increase students’ ability to synthesize design ideas for different cultural settings using design theories, their utilization of examples from non-Western perspectives as references for discussing design, and their ability to solve design problems in different cultural settings. The author presents these instructional strategies as a pedagogical model for design educators.


Diversity and design; global design issues; cross-cultural design; non- Western design; design in cultural settings; instructional strategies

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