Exploring the Impact of Teaching Design History on Creativity and Intrinsic Motivation: Curriculum Design and Learning


The history of design is a basic course for design majors in universities all over the world, and is usually taught in a purely theoretical way, This study adjusts the form of teaching, changing the original "linear lecture"-based teaching to an exploratory teaching method centered on "design styles", using styles as the origin to guide students to radiate their learning of the temporal and spatial backgrounds, developmental reasons, representative figures, social influences, etc., and attracting them to explore the relevant knowledge through the stylistic manifestations of the designs, as well as superimposing their personal understandings of design styles to be applied to the practice of icon design. A total of 30 students participated in this study to examine the effectiveness of the teaching: a statistical T-test comparing the pre-study and post-study results confirmed that the "style-centered" approach was beneficial to students' creativity and intrinsic motivation, which means that the approach is effective in teaching design history; In addition, this study used linear regression analysis to understand the relationship between creativity and intrinsic motivation, and the results showed that creativity had a more pronounced positive effect on intrinsic motivation through "style-centered" design history learning. Lack of motivation is a pain point in history courses, but the style-centered approach to teaching design history has been proven to be useful, and future history classes should take students' learning mindset and desire into account to stimulate their enthusiasm for learning.

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Jiayang Ma, Nanjing Forestry University, China
Yuejun Zhao, Jiangsu Second Normal University, China

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Conference: ACE2023
Stream: Design

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Ma J., & Zhao Y. (2024) Exploring the Impact of Teaching Design History on Creativity and Intrinsic Motivation: Curriculum Design and Learning ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2024.110
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2024.110

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