Doreen Gehry Nelson – Cultivating Curiosity: Teaching and Learning Reimagined – 503

By Steven Miletto

Teaching Learning Leading K12 provides resources for classroom teachers and school-based administrators.

Doreen Gehry Nelson talks with me about her book Cultivating Curiosity: Teaching and Learning Redesigned. This is episode 503 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.
Doreen Gehry Nelson is Professor Emerita of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, School of Education and Integrative Studies; Adjunct Professor in the Cal Poly College of Environmental  Design; was Professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, from 2002-present; and in 2019 was named Founding Director of the Design-Based Learning Project by the UCLA School of Education & Information Studies–Center X. 
An award-winning, 50-year veteran educator and published author in the field of education, Nelson began developing her Design-Based Learning methodology (formerly called City Building Education) in the late 1960s to ignite creativity, promote high-level transfer of learning, and foster cross-curricular critical thinking skills among K-12 students using the spatial domain. 
She was named one of the 30 top American innovators in education by the New York Times in 1991 and is the recipient of both the American Institute of Architecture’s
 prestigious Lifetime Honorary Membership (the highest honor for a non-architect) and the California State University’s state-wide, 2006 Wang Award for Excellence in Education.
Today we will be focused on her book – Cultivating Curiosity: Teaching and Learning Reimagined.
So much to learn…
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Length – 01:18:31