Interior Design Students’ Attitudes toward Distance Education

By Asem M. Obeidat and Mohamed Cherif Amor.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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The innovation of distance education is expanding at an extremely rapid rate, making education more accessible. This paper investigates attitudes of interior design students toward distance education as a teaching/learning method in design studio courses. It is hypothesized that interior design students across academic classifications (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) will have similar attitudes toward implementing distance education in their area of study. To test this hypothesis, a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was conducted using 182 interior design students at a United States southeastern university. Results indicated no significant differences in students’ attitudes toward distance education in the area of interior design. Additionally, findings of this study indicated that distance education is not a proper method in design studio courses.

Keywords: Distance Education, Students' Attitudes, Interior Design

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 347.175KB).

Dr. Asem M. Obeidat

Assistant Professor of Interior Design, Department of Design , College of Fine Arts, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan

Dr. Obeidat is an assistant professor of interior design and is currently the chairperson of the Department of Design at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He earned a PhD in environmental design with a specialization in interior design from Texas Tech University, USA (2008). He also earned an MFA degree in interior design from Academy of Art University, USA (1996), and Bachelor’s degree in interior design from Yarmouk University, Jordan (1990). Dr. Obeidat’s research interests are related to environmental design, design for elderly and people with Alzheimer's disease, healthcare design, learning environments, design education, and design theories.

Dr. Mohamed Cherif Amor

Program Chair, School of Design, Environmental Design Research Association ID Network, Texsas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Cherif Amor joined the faculty at Texas Tech University in 2000. He earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Design with a specialization in the semantics of the built environment, from the University of Missouri Columbia (2000). Early graduate work (M.Phil degree in architecture, 1987) with special emphasis on home environments was completed at the School of Architecture, New Castle Upon-Tyne, England. Recent research interests focuses on evidence-based design and interaction of culture and the built environment, based on an environmental behavior paradigm. Concomitantly, his publications on collaboration between design schools prompted another line of research interest—collaboration and pedagogy. He serves as a reviewer of several design journals/publications as well as a site visitor for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and serves as the interior design network within the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). He formerly served as the Director of Education for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Texas Oklahoma Chapter. He currently serves as the chairperson of the Department of Design, Texas Tech University; curriculum review consultant for Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC); and consultant for the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) National/International task force. During the last six years, he has been the recipient and nominee of thirteen research and teaching awards.