1st Edition

Taking Design Thinking to School How the Technology of Design Can Transform Teachers, Learners, and Classrooms

Edited By Shelley Goldman, Zaza Kabayadondo Copyright 2017
    256 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Design thinking is a method of problem-solving that relies on a complex set of skills, processes and mindsets that help people generate novel solutions to problems. Taking Design Thinking to School: How the Technology of Design Can Transform Teachers, Learners, and Classrooms uses an action-oriented approach to reframing K-12 teaching and learning, examining interventions that open up dialogue about when and where learning, growth, and empowerment can be triggered. While design thinking projects make engineering, design, and technology fluency more tangible and personal for a broad range of young learners, their embrace of ambiguity and failure as growth opportunities often clash with institutional values and structures. Through a series of in-depth case studies that honor and explore such tensions, the authors demonstrate that design thinking provides students with the agency and compassion that is necessary for doing creative and collaborative work, both in and out of the classroom. A vital resource for education researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, Taking Design Thinking to School brings together some of the most innovative work in design pedagogy.

    Foreword by Bernard Roth


    Chapter 1. Taking Design Thinking to School: How the Technology of Design Can Transform Teachers, Learners, and Classrooms

    Shelley Goldman and Zaza Kabayadondo

    Chapter 2. The Culture of Practice: Design-Based Teaching and Learning

    Meredith Davis and Deborah Littlejohn

    Chapter 3. A Praxis Model for Design Thinking: Catalyzing Life Readiness

    Christelle Estrada and Shelley Goldman




    Chapter 4. Design Partners in Schools: Encouraging Design Thinking Through Cooperative Inquiry

    Mona Leigh Guha, Brenna McNally and Jerry Alan Fails

    Chapter 5. Taking Design Thinking to East, West, and Southern Africa: Key Lessons from Global Minimum’s Student Innovation Programs

    Desmond Mitchell and Mathias Esmann

    Chapter 6. Capturing Middle School Students' Understandings of Design Thinking

    Shelley Goldman, Molly B. Zielezinski, Tanner Vea, Stephanie Bachas-Daunert, Zaza Kabayadondo

    Chapter 7. Adapting the User-Centered Design Framework for K-12 Education: The Riverside School Case Study

    Mohanram Gudipati and Kiran Bir Sethi




    Chapter 8. Build It In from the Start: A New School’s Journey to Embrace Design Thinking

    Susie Wise


    Chapter 9. ResponsiveDesign: Scaling out to transform educational systems, structures and cultures

    Ralph Cordova, Ann Taylor, Phyllis Balcerzak, Michelle Whitacre and Jeffery Hudson

    Chapter 10. Teachers as Designers of Context-Adaptive Learning Experience

    Zanette Johnson

    Chapter 11. To Succeed, Failure Must Be An Option

    David Kwek


    Chapter 12. Empathy in STEM Education

    Kathy Liu Sun




    Chapter 13. Professional Development That Bridges the Gap Between Workshop and Classroom Through Disciplined Improvisation

    Jennifer Knudsen and Nicole Schectman

    Chapter 14. The Materiality of Design in E-Textiles

    Verily Tan, Anna Kuene, and Kylie Peppler

    Chapter 15. Finding Your Fit: Empathy, Authenticity, and Ambiguity in the Design Thinking Classroom

    Molly B. Zielezinski

    Chapter 16. Analyzing Materials in Order to Find Design Opportunities for the Classroom

    Charlie Cox, Xorman Apedoe, Eli Silk, and Christian Schunn


    Chapter 17. Developing Powerful, Portable Design Thinking: The Innovators’ Compass

    Ela Ben-Ur


    Shelley Goldman is Professor of Education, Learning Sciences, and Technology Design at Stanford University.

    Zaza Kabayadondo is Co-director of the Design Thinking Initiative at Smith College, a pilot program to reimagine liberal arts education.

    "Building and sustaining the creative confidence of children is our most important work. Goldman and Kabayadondo's new book will inspire educators to take up design thinking and help it thrive in classrooms across the country."

    --David Kelley, founder IDEO and founder Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) 

    "Taking Design Thinking to School is an excellent envisioning of what school could be. Design thinking is a mindset, and education that takes design thinking seriously can foster habits of empathy, action-oriented problem solving, persistence and knowing when to quit, teamwork, effective communication, and more. And yes, such capabilities and habits can be instilled while also acquiring deep understanding of disciplinary content. This book helps us imagine how to make such an educational approach work."

    --Janet Kolodner, Chief Learning Scientist, The Concord Consortium and Regents’ Professor Emerita, Georgia Inst. of Technology

    "A must read. Experts Goldman and Kabayadondo are the first to tackle a pervasive problem that every instructor faces: teaching design thinking which often clashes with institutional values and structures. This landmark book is full of rich case studies and actionable insights for anyone who cares about teaching design thinking in K-12 and beyond."

    --Elizabeth Gerber, Northwestern professor and founder of Design for America