Study on Fostering Empathy by Design Education -Focusing on Elementary Education-

디자인 교육을 통한 공감능력 함양에 관한 예비적 고찰 -초등교육을 중심으로-

  • Jeong, Won-Joon (Dept. of Product Design, HongIk University, International Design School for Advanced Studies) ;
  • Kim, Chang-Hyun (Dept. of Product Design, HongIk University, International Design School for Advanced Studies) ;
  • Kim, Seung-In (Digital Design, HongIk University, International Design School for Advanced Studies)
  • 정원준 (홍익대학교 국제디자인전문대학원 제품디자인전공) ;
  • 김창현 (홍익대학교 국제디자인전문대학원 제품디자인전공) ;
  • 김승인 (홍익대학교 국제디자인전문대학원)
  • Received : 2017.12.08
  • Accepted : 2018.03.20
  • Published : 2018.03.28


The purpose of this study is to suggest the necessity of fostering empathy through design education since elementary education in order to develop human resources required in the artificial intelligence society. First we studied the definition, necessity and the present domestic state of design education. Also studied the elements of empathy, its necessity in the age of artificial intelligence, and how children can enhance empathy. Finally, we researched cases of design and empathy education abroad. In conclusion, the Nordic countries have developed social innovations through design and high levels of empathy. Also, design education in the form of playing with the process of communication, discussion and cooperation is important. Based on this study, we hope various design education programs develop that can foster empathy.


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