Teaching Global Architectural History

James Robert Thompson

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Abstract

This study, conducted over the summer of 2017 on behalf of the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC), illuminates how global architectural history is currently being taught worldwide. Ninety-four instructors from 88 institutions representing seven countries participated in the study, which consisted of collecting and analyzing syllabi followed by an online survey. The results of the study reveal that, despite a diverse range of academic contexts, there is significant common ground within the field of architectural history when it comes to what and how to teach. The vast majority of instruction is conducted through lecture format and includes required readings and research papers. Course content tends to be organized chronologically and covers pre-history to the present day. Moreover, roughly three-quarters of respondents noted that local sites are featured somehow in the course’s content or learning activities. The hope is that the results of this study spark critical discussion, inspiring creative strategies and further inquiry into the subject of teaching global architectural history
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2017

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