ERIC Number: ED418914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Design as a Catalyst for Learning.
Davis, Meredith; Hawley, Peter; McMullan, Bernard; Spilka, Gertrude
This book presents findings of a 1993 study of how design in the curriculum helps students achieve national educational objectives. It also explores opportunities for expanding the role design can play in students' academic lives. Results of the 1993 study reveal how the use of design experiences in classrooms provides teachers and students with a learning construct for the next century. The book summarizes descriptive research that makes qualitative statements regarding current classroom practice and identifies effective models for using design in classrooms. The research tapped three primary sources of data: (1) a review of the literature; (2) a national qualitative survey of teachers; and (3) site visits to 10 schools. Also, the researchers conducted qualitative interviews with principals, curriculum coordinators, other school or district administrators, teachers, teachers' aides, students, and parents. The six chapters include: (1) "Learning Through Design"; (2) "Lifelong Learning"; (3) "A Strategy for Excellent Teaching"; (4) "Design in the Curriculum"; (5) "Opportunities and Challenges for Schools"; and (6) "Conclusions and Recommendations." Three appendices, a bibliography, and information about the authors, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development conclude the document. (EH)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Architecture, Art, Building Design, Built Environment, Creative Thinking, Curriculum Development, Design, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Problem Solving, Visual Arts
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 N. Pitt St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1453, telephone: 800-933-2723; website: http://www.gscd.org (ASCD member price: $28.95, nonmember price: ($34.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.