Design thinking can be a powerful tool for innovation. Design thinking is an educational approach that stresses creative problem solving for students with the added value of an entrepreneurial outlook.
It’s an approach that could and should lead to more entrepreneurship — or at least, to a more entrepreneurial way of facing challenges in the future.
Design thinking, put quite simply, is a method to solve a problem.
In schools, we often have a traditional model of a teacher providing knowledge and a student replicating that knowledge in the form of a project after the knowledge transfer has taken place.
Despite this project perhaps being viewed as “hands-on learning” and some type of creation made by the student, it is not constructionism just because a student “constructed” something. There was no problem to be solved, only information to be reproduced.
Design thinking is the crucial element that MUST occur BEFORE, DURING and AFTER making happens.
This thinking process is the true evidence of creativity, application, and problem solving using what the child already knows and giving them a reason to learn more. This design thinking is a methodology that will encourage the solving of complex problems through ideation and iteration.
Creativity has the potential to help reform education, and yet we have educated our students out of creativity with our factory model classrooms and high stakes testing (Robinson & Aronica, 2015). With the maker movement finding its way into our schools, we have a chance to use design thinking as a way to teach and develop complex skills of creativity.
Creativity can and must be taught if we are to prepare students for a world that requires innovators (Wagner & Compton, 2012). This design thinking must be approached with intentionality.
Giving students a real-life problem to solve, as an intentional reason to use design thinking, changes the quality of the learning. Students are not learning because a teacher simply told them the information they are required to remember, students are learning because they need and want to solve a problem to make the world a better place.
This type of design thinking has the power to transform students into global citizens committed to creative solutions to solve global problems.
Design thinking is active and inclusive. And kids are embracing design thinking with gusto. Schools around the world are embracing design thinking as a new way of learning and a way to increase student engagement.
Have your school embraced the design thinking? If not, consult MindBox!