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ERIC Number: EJ829738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0746-3537
Industrial Design: A Phoenix Reborn from the Ashes of Technology Education--A Case History
Greenwald, Martin; Feigler, Denis
Technology Teacher, v68 n5 p5-9 Feb 2009
Like the "phoenix," technology education (TE) can, under the right circumstances, give life to new programs--curricula with different emphases and directions from technology education, yet sharing a common heritage: the belief that applied technology will continue to shape the world. How that shaping process takes place--and the problems that it can solve--defines the industrial design phoenix as an increasingly formidable, emerging area of study. After more than 50 years of training industrial arts and technology educators at Montclair State University, the university's technology teacher education program was closed in 1996. Several reasons were offered to justify the program's termination: the need to put a public face on aggressive action towards program consolidation within the state college system; relative non-articulation of technology education with other academic disciplines; shrinking budgets; and an industrial, smokestack public image found to be increasingly inconsistent with the changing mission of the University. After closing the program, the majority of the remaining Technology faculty was moved into the Department of Art and Design, which offered teaching opportunities related to some of the areas with which the faculty were familiar: general design, graphic design and photography, jewelry and lapidary. In the years following the closure, these teaching reassignments have proven to be a fertile ground from which the ashes, so to speak, of a new phoenix, namely industrial design, would arise. This article presents a case history of industrial design and describes how industrial design has developed from arts-and-crafts-based occupations to a highly sophisticated social and technical science. It also discusses Montclair State University's B.F.A. in Industrial Design which offers students an intensive artistic and technical approach to the world of the industrial designer. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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