Michigan State University

Art, Art History, Design, Museum Studies

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Databases & Terms Searched: 

A search of the literature in the major article databases of the disciplines produced only two articles that present a discussion of inclusive teaching practices. The abstract for “Queering Art Teacher Education” states that the article “sounds a call to action and addresses the challenges of creating inclusive, queer-affirming art teacher education curricula.” The second article, although specific to architecture students, notes that “Design subjects, including architecture, tend to attract students with dyslexia. The relevant disciplinary skills of three-dimensional design and visual communications often align to these students' academic strengths.” The article reports on a series of initiatives at a British university to provide “academic support and alternative assessment methods for these students” when it came to the development of academic writing skills. The ERIC database was searched for articles on "inclusive teaching" and "art education" which yielded many results specific to Art Education courses. 


“Inclusiveness” in the visual arts, design, and art history generally relates to the subject matter that is incorporated into the curriculum; a discussion of teaching practices and inclusivity in the curriculum appears to be lacking from the literature. It is assumed that, with the exception of art history, teaching practices in art and design-related disciplines focus on a particular technique (how to draw, sew, use design software, etc.) versus a traditional classroom lecture environment, or looking at ways to integrate art and museum resources into the learning ecosystem. 

In addition to focusing on the canon of art, art history, and design, there is a lot of discussion on how to make museums more inclusive for visitors and museum education activities, but this does not tie into higher education teaching practices. There is an equally large body of literature on elementary and secondary educational practices but again, is not about the post-secondary classroom.

Relevant Journals: 

International Journal of Art & Design Education

Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice



Cosier, Kimberly, and James H. Sanders. "Queering art teacher education." International Journal of Art & Design Education 26.1 (2007): 21-30.

Holgate, Peter. "Developing an inclusive curriculum of architecture for students with dyslexia." Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education 14.1 (2015): 87-99.

Savage, Meabh. Transforming Subjectives in Teaching and Learning: Bridging the Teacher-Learner, Theory-Practice Dialectic. National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. University College Cork, Distillery House North Mall, Cork, Ireland, 2009. ProQuest. 

White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: A Guide to Building Inclusive Schools, Promoting High Expectations, and Eliminating Racism. Eds. Julie Landsman and Chance W. Lewis. Stylus Publishing, LLC. P.O. Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605, 2006. ProQuest. Ebook:  https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,guest&custid=s8364774&groupid=main&profilehttp://catalog.lib.msu.edu/record=b10612996~S39a

Dewhurst, Marit, et al. ""Ka Ulana 'Ana i Ka Piko" (in Weaving You Begin at the Center): Perspectives from a Culturally Specific Approach to Art Education." Harvard Educational Review 83.1 (2013): 136-46. ProQuest.

Simons, Helen, and Judy Hicks. "Opening Doors: Using the Creative Arts in Learning and Teaching." Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice 5.1 (2006): 77-90. ProQuest.

Activist Art in Social Justice Pedagogy: Engaging Students in Glocal Issues through the Arts. Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education. Volume 403. Eds. Barbara Beyerbach and R. Deborah Davis. Peter Lang New York, 29 Broadway 18th Floor, New York, NY 10006, 2011. ProQuest.

Ashburn, Liz. "Photography in Pink Classrooms." International Journal of Art & Design Education 26.1 (2007): 31-8. ProQuest. 

Museum Studies

Vázquez, Karina Elizabeth, and Martha Wright. "Making Visible the Invisible: Social Justice and Inclusion through the Collaboration of Museums and Spanish Community-Based Learning Projects." Dimension (2017): 1-17.

Contact Info

Terrie Wilson (Art, Art History, Design)
Art Librarian, Humanities Coordinator
(517) 884-0862

Ranti Junus (Museum Studies)
Electronic Resources Librarian
(517) 884-0878