History for Designers: engaging first years across disciplines

Blackler, Alethea L. & Sim, Jean C. (2007) History for Designers: engaging first years across disciplines. In 10th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, 4-6 July 2007, Brisbane.

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A new course meant an opportunity to regenerate how design history is introduced to first year students in several disciplines, including architecture, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture. With a trans-disciplinary teaching team, we aimed to make history relevant and interesting to everyone, avoiding the usual errors of deluges of dates or complicated historiographical or design theories. Our first delivery of this new unit 'Introducing Design History' in 2006 was successful: students became hooked on history. The teaching team members are still excited about the future and eagerly implementing improvements for 2007. We know why it worked: the content and delivery worked in tandem. The teachers were enthusiastic and sincere. The teaching approach was well prepared, providing tutorial teaching guides that ensured a consistency across 16 tutorial groups for eventually 380 students. Keeping it real and vibrant are the recurring goals for effectively teaching history to first year designers.

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ID Code: 9150
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: HERN
ISBN: 1741071917
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 QUT
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 27 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:56

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