Toward sustainable interior design education in Kuwait

Ahmad Alansari, Robin Wagner, Cherif Amor

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Abstract

Sustainability has not been integrated into Interior Design education in Kuwait. The purpose of the study is to 1) investigate the level of knowledge and attitudes toward sustainable design among interior design students in Kuwait, 2) determine the difference between male and female design students regarding sustainability knowledge and skills, 3) assess a potential relationship among the variables. A survey questionnaire was used for the study as a data collection method. Mixed method approach, both qualitative and quantitative methods, was employed. The study was conducted among the entire population of Interior Design students in the College of Basic Education in Kuwait in the fall of 2011. Interior design students revealed limited knowledge of sustainable design aspects. However, they illustrated willingness and eagerness in learning sustainability. Additionally, a t-test indicated no significant difference between male and female design students in terms of their knowledge and attitudes. The study reported a positive correlation between interior design students' knowledge of and attitudes toward sustainable design. The study also provides a path for greening the interior design education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-18
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Design Education
Volume9
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

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Keywords

  • Interior Design
  • Kuwait
  • Sustainable Attitudes
  • Sustainable Design
  • Sustainable Knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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