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.

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PART I Design Thinking and Its Emergence in K-12 Education

chapter 2|17 pages

The Culture of Practice: Design-Based Teaching and Learning

ByLearning Meredith Davis, Deborah Littlejohn

chapter 3|14 pages

A Praxis Model for Design Thinking: Catalyzing Life Readiness

ByLife Readiness Christelle Estrada, Shelley Goldman

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PART II Young Designers: K-12 Students Take On Design Thinking

chapter 4|14 pages

Design Partners in Schools: Encouraging Design Thinking Through Cooperative Inquiry

ByMona Leigh Guha, Brenna McNally, Jerry Alan Fails

chapter 6|18 pages

Capturing Middle School Students’ Understandings of Design Thinking

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

chapter 7|9 pages

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

ByMohanram Gudipati, Kiran Bir Sethi

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PART III Design Thinking as a Catalyst for Reimagining Education

chapter 9|14 pages

ResponsiveDesign: Scaling Out to Transform Educational Systems, Structures, and Cultures

ByRalph A. Córdova, Ann Taylor, Phyllis Balcerzak, Michelle P. Whitacre, Jeffery Hudson

chapter 10|17 pages

Teachers as Designers of Context-Adaptive Learning Experience

ByZanette Johnson

chapter 11|4 pages

To Succeed, Failure Must Be an Option

ByDavid Kwek

chapter 12|14 pages

Empathy in STEM Education

ByKathy Liu Sun

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PART IV Inspiring Teaching: Design Thinking in the Classroom

chapter 14|15 pages

The Materiality of Design in E-Textiles

ByVerily Tan, Anna Keune, Kylie Peppler

chapter 16|17 pages

Analyzing Materials in Order to Find Design Opportunities for the Classroom

ByCharles Cox, Xornam Apedoe, Eli Silk, Christian Schunn