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About: Design History Teaching Resources

Teaching design history is different from teaching art history; design history relies on multiple intersecting histories of social change, technology, science, engineering, aesthetics, manufacturing, materials, labor, and consumer culture.In the US, design history is still a developing field. Compared to art history, there are few publications, textbooks, or even museum collections available to synthesize this history, and the explosive growth of design degree programs in the US has increased class sizes. Pedagogical tools need to meet these challenges.

The Design History Teaching Resources website offers practical tools to help design history teachers create dynamic and inclusive curricula, get students working with objects (particularly when there are few local collections), deal with large class sizes, point students towards primary sources, and introduce innovative and healthy research practices. 

Classroom Projects features projects developed and tested in the classroom by people teaching design history, leading students into experiences that include the traditional narratives but also strive to decentralize the canonical information and offer teachers some of the support more readily available in other disciplines. 

Syllabi/Lesson Plans offers examples from multiple courses and disciplines that can help people developing new courses or adding design history content to existing ones.

Bibliographies includes useful textbooks, articles, and other print resources useful for learning more about design history and for promoting it in the classroom.

Online Resources features useful archives and databases available remotely, contributed by both practitioners and professors.