Problem finding through design thinking in education

Melles, Gavin, Anderson, Neil, Barrett , Tom, and Thompson-Whiteside , Scott (2015) Problem finding through design thinking in education. In: Blessinger, Patrick, and Carfora, John M., (eds.) Inquiry-Based Learning for Multidisciplinary Programs: a conceptual and practical resource for educators. Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (3). Emerald Group Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 191-209.

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Design thinking has become something of a buzz word in innovation discussions and has recently also invested occupied education spaces. In this chapter we briefly compare design thinking to problem-based learning (PBL) and enquiry-based learning (EBL) approaches to problem solving in education before focusing on the approach itself and current debates about its meaning and significance. This chapter focuses particular attention on the problem finding aspect of design thinking and its integration of creative methods for solving a range of tame to wicked problems in a variety of spaces. We ground our analysis in three environments of design thinking and five specific cases of application across education sectors from primary through to university. The examples focus on the generative potential of design thinking for all students and especially those from non-design disciplines. It is this capacity of design thinking to complement existing pedagogies and provide inspiration for change and innovation that is the strength of the model.

Item ID: 39098
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-78441-847-2
Keywords: design thinking; problem based learning; enquiry based learning; higher education; problem finding; problem solving
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 05:35
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 100%
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