The Place of Design Education in Achieving 4IR Sustainability through the 4Cs Skill-sets

Authors

  • Peter Oluwagbenga Odewole Department of Fine and Applied Art, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0977-2993
  • Tolulope Oladimeji Sobowale Department of Fine and Applied Art, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Festus Osarumwense Uzzi Department of Fine and Applied Art, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria

Keywords:

design education, 4IR sustainability, 4Cs skill-sets, Design Thinking

Abstract

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) merges the physical, digital, and biological spheres, reshaping societies and individuals worldwide in unprecedented ways. With the fast-moving globalization and rapid rate of technological development of the 4IR, the world is also facing unprecedented social, economic, and environmental challenges. As the 4IR continues to reshape industries across the globe, there is an increasing need for educational systems to adapt and equip students with the necessary skills to thrive in this rapidly evolving landscape. With its diverse socio-economic context and pressing environmental concerns, a specific emphasis on design education is required to develop a skilled workforce capable of driving sustainability in the 4IR. Given the needs of the 4IR, students need to possess a set of skills that are highly sought after. These skills, commonly known as the “4Cs,” encompass communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Design education plays a substantial role in preparing students for the demands of the 4IR, as it cultivates a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, innovation, and sustainable development. This paper explores the place of design education in nurturing the 4Cs skill sets for achieving 4IR sustainability, focusing on how design education can address the unique challenges and opportunities faced in the 4IR era.

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Published

2023-11-21

How to Cite

ODEWOLE, P. O.; SOBOWALE, T. O.; UZZI, F. O. The Place of Design Education in Achieving 4IR Sustainability through the 4Cs Skill-sets . Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, [S. l.], v. 28, n. 2, p. 89–106, 2023. Disponível em: https://openjournals.ljmu.ac.uk/DATE/article/view/1527. Acesso em: 18 apr. 2024.