AHTR’s Art History Pedagogy and Practice Initiative
Announcing the Art History Pedagogy and Practice e-journal Hub
Last spring, AHTR announced an initiative to create Art History Pedagogy and Practice, an academic e-journal devoted to scholarship of teaching and learning in art history (SOTL-AH). Since that time, we have been thrilled by the widespread enthusiasm growing around the project.
We have established an “e-journal” hub on the AHTR site as a place to provide on-going updates about the project, to share information about SOTL and best practices in conducting educational research, and to invite feedback and community involvement over the coming months.
In the next few weeks, look for a number of announcements including a white paper addressing the need for a journal on SOTL-AH and details about AHPP’s newly formed Advisory Board!
Project Update and AHPP Mission
With generous support from The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the team at AHTR completed a feasibility study over the summer that included a survey, performed by the research firm of Randi Korn & Associates, and a thorough literature review of existing pedagogical research in art history. These findings, which clearly support creation of the e-journal, will be released publicly in a white paper on the e-journal hub at AHTR near the end of October. As part of this process, we consulted with community members and advisors to craft the e-journal’s mission statement:
Art History Pedagogy and Practice (AHPP) is a peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal dedicated to advancing teaching and learning in art history. The journal provides a forum for scholarly discourse that articulates and presents the range of pedagogical methods for learners in formal, informal, and virtual learning environments. As the only academic journal dedicated to pedagogy in art history, AHPP embraces multiple research models that examine the effectiveness of instructional strategies and technologies that build the skills, theories, concepts, and values necessary to art historical practice. AHPP also fosters exchange between art history and allied fields including art and museum education, studio art and design, visual and material culture, and the digital humanities by considering the role of technology and the material object to enhance understanding and intellectual development. In this way, the journal contributes to the radical transformation of education by promoting the research and practice of pedagogy beyond institutional or disciplinary boundaries, and seeks to raise the profile and value of those who identify as educators across fields and disciplines.
We are also excited to announce that AHTR has partnered with The Graduate Center at The City University of New York to secure a place for Art History Pedagogy and Practice in Academic Works, CUNY’s Digital Commons repository. While AHPP will retain autonomy over the e-journal’s operations, the affiliation with CUNY, a doctoral institution with a longstanding commitment to innovations in teaching, learning, and the digital humanities, brings greater academic legitimacy, expertise in scholarly communications, and ensures our commitment that AHPP remain an open-access publication that will never impose contributor or subscription fees.