Design Thinking for Every Classroom: A Practical Guide for Educators by Shelley Goldman, ISBN-13: 978-0367221331


Design Thinking for Every Classroom: A Practical Guide for Educators by Shelley Goldman, ISBN-13: 978-0367221331

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  • Publisher: ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (September 27, 2021)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 156 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0367221330
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0367221331

Design thinking consists of connected process steps, skills, and mindsets. It is a constellation of approaches and tools that get put to work in the face of complex problem-solving. Design thinking results in new things, new structures, new ideas, or new ways to work. It is about learning to think complexly and out of the box while also acting practically to make change through meeting the needs of people. It has similarities to engineering design and the scientific method, yet it differs from both. It is similar in being a method for problem identification and solving that involves data collection and analysis, prototyping, testing, and revision, and in being aimed at understanding and improving the world. So, what does design thinking add to your K-12 classroom?

For us, design thinking always involves an empathy-driven approach that is the key to the process. It also involves the creation of prototypes of solution ideas that get improved through the feedback of design partners. It is a process for imagining what could be, and for trying to make those visions possible. It attends to real-world situations and also aspires to result in innovations that look remarkably different than most outcomes we expect to see in classroom learning. It practices students in 21st-century competencies. Students leave design thinking challenges with a sense of efficacy because they have solved a problem for another person or group of people, and they have learned that their persistent empathy work has helped them succeed. As we see it, the look of success and pride on the students’ faces is the real endorsement of design thinking. Students love that their inventions result in a contribution to another person’s life and well-being. It is a process that allows students to be motivated by engagement with the needs of others, to work hard (yet in some fun ways), to think outside themselves and out of the box, and develop both social and cognitive skills along the way.

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