18 Oct 2016   webgap

Why all the fuss about design thinking?

A hot topic in the design world is design thinking but what is it and why does it matter?

Members of the IDEA collective argue that design thinking offers a unique, fruitful and fun way to enhance teaching and learning across different subjects. They recently held a workshop with school teachers, exemplifying the kind of thinking that designers do ‒discovery, interpretation, ideation, experimentation and evolution ‒ to see how maths, science, geography and history teachers would react. They loved it.

Here is some of the feedback:
“Design thinking is invaluable!” ‒ comment from a Physical Science Teacher on a design thinking workshop.
“Creative design thinking will enhance understanding of concepts in my field.” ‒ comment from a Mathematics teacher.
“This workshop has opened up many possibilities for me as an Afrikaans language teacher.”
“This process will break the stereotype of other subjects being superior to others. Applied Arts are taken for granted as compared to Maths, Science and Technology.”

The workshop was a great success and it was interesting to see how open teachers were to embrace the ideology behind this way of thinking and how it can be incorporated across multiple disciplines when teaching children.

It appears there’s something to be said for the value of design thinking. There is something about the way designers explore and understand their world, respond to it and enhance it that the rest of us stand to benefit from.

Design impacts our lives in multiple ways and as the trend continues to gain traction in the digital age, it plays a key role in almost everything we do.

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19 Oct 2016   webgap

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21 Oct 2016   webgap

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