Supporting the sustainable development of Mexico: an investigation into the reorientation of an undergraduate industrial design curriculum

López, Martha Elena Núñez (2022) Supporting the sustainable development of Mexico: an investigation into the reorientation of an undergraduate industrial design curriculum. Doctoral thesis, Birmingham City University.

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The Government of Mexico’s five-year national development plan (PND) identifies the need for quality education to ‘make scientific, technological, and innovation development pillars for sustainable economic and social progress’ (PND, 2013). The literature on sustainable development (SD) highlights the complexity of the subject and how the meanings of SD evolve according to local contexts (UNESCO, 2010). The impetus for this practitioner-led action inquiry stems from the inquirer's belief that more research efforts are needed to improve education for sustainable development (ESD) in higher education, in Mexico. In this national ESD context, the inquiry explores ways of reorienting the undergraduate's Industrial Design curriculum at Tecnologico de Monterrey (TEC), in Mexico.

The research is structured in three cycles. The first explores the scope of the inquiry. This informs the second cycle in which curriculum interventions investigate the inclusion of SD content and assessment criteria in the Industrial Design curriculum at TEC’s Puebla campus. The creation of an online SD learning space emerges from the interventions. This initiative gains momentum as the inquiry proceeds. The third cycle comprises Focus Groups. These invite the participants in the research to reflect upon and respond to the findings from the interventions. The collaborative methods of the interventions, combined with the online learning space, inspired a creative and collaborative approach to educational change, resulting in the reorientation of the Industrial Design curriculum. The outcomes of the study exemplify the ability of practitioner-led action research to address complex problems across national and global sustainability agendas, involving the motivation and commitment of others in contributing to improving education for sustainable development in Mexico.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
16 March 2022Submitted
20 May 2022Accepted
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable Development in higher education, Industrial Design, Undergraduate Curriculum
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Doctoral Research College > Doctoral Theses Collection
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Jaycie Carter
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2022 12:59
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2022 12:59

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