Testing Design Thinking in Problem Solving and Learning

Do design-thinking strategies improve student performance? A new study in design thinking education says yes. Students actually do apply DT strategies to new problems.

Educators aim to equip students with learning strategies they can apply when approaching new problems on their own. Teaching design-thinking strategies may support this goal. A first test would show that the strategies are good for learning and that students spontaneously transfer them beyond classroom instruction. Design-thinking strategies may improve learning and problem solving, and design-thinking instruction may improve the likelihood of lower-achieving students choosing to use effective strategies in novel settings that require new learning.

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Getting Started with Design Thinking: 6 Design Thinking Mindsets & Practices for Beginners

entreVersity writes: This article is brilliant because it dives off a segment of ‘Mad Men’ where Don Draper brilliantly names the ‘Carousel’ slide projector for Kodak to show this is NOT the way a DT team works. It’s less ‘the genius with brilliant insight drop[ping] the solution ready-made into the business leader’s lap’ and more the product of a brilliant collaborative team. It draws upon the Value Proposition Canvas’s ‘Jobs to be Done’, be they Functional — accomplishing a task; Emotional — bolstering or assuaging a belief or feeling; Social — increasing relational connection or social standing. Customers don’t share a Demographic; they share Jobs to be Done.

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