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.
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.