Pedagogy with a Conscience: Sustainable Teaching through Graphic Design

By Saeri Dobson.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Pedagogy with a conscience gives hope for the future through responsible teaching. It is about teaching towards making the world a better place and enlists teachers who make it their responsibility to teach the person, and not just the subject. Students learn what they live, so pedagogy with a conscience emphasizes the education of the whole person above all else. Students who learn and live design as their cardinal direction are encouraged to pursue their graphic calling as they quest to rectify social injustice.

A sustainable approach to design education must also prepare students for the responsibility of equalizing the graphic landscape of the future. It must instill them with a conscientious graphic voice, and the importance of caring about what they design. They must learn to curb their power of persuasion, and redirect their visual sphere of influence towards issues of social import.

Keywords: Social Responsibility, Design Education, Sustainable Teaching, Graphic Design, Motivate Design Students, Self-initiated Learning

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.165-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.214MB).

Saeri Dobson

Assistant Professor, The Department of Art and Art History, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Saeri Cho Dobson is an assistant professor of graphic design at Loyola Marymount University. Her artistic pursuit of justice and moral responsibility to educate the whole person are hallmarks of her dynamic teaching philosophy. Prior to this, she taught visual communication design at NanYang Technological University in Singapore. Saeri holds a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design in New York, and a MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Past works in both print and new media expand the boundaries between type as text, and type as texture. Her experimental typography has been exhibited in galleries in New Zealand, Seoul Korea, Mexico and Los Angeles.

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