Teaching Design: A Guide to Curriculum and Pedagogy for College Design Faculty and Teachers Who Use Design in Their Classrooms

Teaching Design: A Guide to Curriculum and Pedagogy for College Design Faculty and Teachers Who Use Design in Their Classrooms

by Meredith Davis
Teaching Design: A Guide to Curriculum and Pedagogy for College Design Faculty and Teachers Who Use Design in Their Classrooms

Teaching Design: A Guide to Curriculum and Pedagogy for College Design Faculty and Teachers Who Use Design in Their Classrooms

by Meredith Davis


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An Expertly Written Guidebook to Teaching Design at All Levels
Teaching Design provides a practical foundation for teaching about and through design. The exploding interest in design and design thinking calls for qualified faculty members who are well prepared for a variety of institutional settings and content areas. While designers know their disciplines, they frequently lack experience in constructing responsive curricula and pedagogies for rapidly evolving professions. And while K-12 educators are trained for the classroom, their ability to transform teaching and learning through design is limited by a shortfall in professional literature.
Davis's extensive experience in education offers a detailed path for the development of curricula. The book addresses writing objectives and learning outcomes that succeed in the counting-and-measuring culture of institutions but also meet the demands of a twenty-first-century education. An inventory of pedagogical strategies suggests approaches to learning that serve both college professors and K-12 teachers who want to actively engage students in critical and creative thinking. Sections on assessment make the case for performance-based activities that provide credible evidence of student learning. Davis also discusses the nature of contemporary problems and teaching strategies that are well matched to growing complexity, rapid technological change, and increased demand for interdisciplinary engagement.
Examples in Teaching Design span the design disciplines and draw on Davis's experience in teaching seminars for college faculty, graduate courses for design students seeking academic careers, and workshops for K-12 teachers converting their classrooms into centers for innovation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621535300
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Meredith Davis is emerita professor at the College of Design at North Carolina State University, where she served as the department head of graphic design and director of the interdisciplinary PhD in design. She holds BS and MEd degrees in education from Penn State University and an MFA in design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Davis has taught for forty-seven years, and she is the Alexander Quarles Holladay medalist for Excellence in Teaching and AIGA national medalist. She has also served on the NASAD Accreditation Commission, drafted its design standards, and reviewed more than eighty college-level curricula in the United States and ten countries abroad. She is the author of Graphic Design Theory and is a member on the editorial boards of Design Issues and She Ji Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Part I Teaching About Design 1

Chapter 1 A Brief History of Design Education 3

From Trades to Professions 3

European Craft Guilds and Apprenticeship Systems 6

The École des Beaux-Arts and Classical Education in Architecture 10

Industry and Independent Schools of Design in the United States 14

The Modernist Agenda of the Bauhaus 19

The Ulm School of Design and a Curriculum of Social Responsibility 31

Rejecting the Modernist Paradigm 38

The Contemporary Context for Design Education 42

Chapter 2 Designing Effective Curricula 46

Curriculum and Enduring Content 48

Projecting Future Conditions 52

Planning for Program Effectiveness 61

Responding to Demand for Curricular Flexibility 73

Implementing Curricular Change 76

Assessing Curricular Change 78

Chapter 3 Pedagogies and Projects 81

The Signature Pedagogy of Design 81

Pedagogical Styles 85

The Teachable Moment 89

Studio Projects as the Signature Pedagogy of Design 91

Scaffolding 104

Chapter 4 Interdisciplinarity and Teaching Collaboration in Design 107

A Brief History of Interdisciplinarity 108

Teaching Collaboration 114

General Education and Study in Design 119

The Education of the Design Generalist 121

Increasing Demands of Interdisciplinary Practice on Graduate Education 123

Chapter 5 Assessing Student and Curricular Performance 128

Evaluating Creativity 128

What Is a Rubric? 132

Critiques and Peer-to-Peer Evaluation of Student Work 134

A Few Words on Design Juries 138

Mid-program Reviews for Advancement 140

Evaluating Curricular Effectiveness 142

Part II Teaching Through Design 145

Chapter 6 Design in the Service of Teaching 147

Design Thinking 147

The Role of Design Thinking in Education 150

The Legacy of Design in K-12 Schools 155

The Application of Design to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 168

Chapter 7 Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching through Design 171

Scenarios 172

Personas 176

Analogical Thinking 179

Visualization 181

Simulations and Prototypes 191

Competing Constraints 193

References 197

Index 205

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