Design as a Catalyst for Learning

Design as a Catalyst for Learning

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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) qLearning Through Designq; (2) qLifelong Learningq; (3) qA Strategy for Excellent Teachingq; (4) qDesign in the Curriculumq; (5) qOpportunities and Challenges for Schoolsq; and (6) qConclusions and Recommendations.q 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)The research team observed student accountability for powerful learning at Willamette Primary School, where several teachers commented on assessment. Kim Turner, a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher, notes, aquot;The children and I set the standard for quality work for each project by creating a rubric. The work is ... As a group we talk about good solutions and good approaches as part of the learning process.

Title:Design as a Catalyst for Learning
Author: Meredith J. Davis
Publisher:Assn for Supervision & Curriculum - 1997

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