Building on Design Thinking to Work Creatively With Knowledge: A tale of two paradigms

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Abstract

We began to explore design thinking initially as a means of creating a common language between design and business students. Subsequent studies using randomized control trials involving several hundred students working in multidisciplinary teams confirmed that teams following a design thinking pedagogy do indeed generate more innovative design concepts relative to teams that do not. Observations allowed us to suggest how and why this is the case. However, these innovations are generally incremental in nature. Observations made on the most effective teams in terms of radical innovative concept development revealed they applied an effective knowledge acquisition, communication and idea development strategy and this aligns with the principles of a knowledge building pedagogy. Our challenge as educators then became to explore how, what a small number of teams do intuitively, maybe made explicit for all student teams. We integrated knowledge building principles with the design thinking process to develop a combined approach which capitalizes on the advantages of both pedagogies. Subsequent studies suggest that teams using this combined approach are encouraged to close knowledge gaps and engage in sustained idea development resulting in a multiplier effect where subsequent knowledge acquisition encourages teams to be creative with knowledge. This paper reports on one such study and the pedagogical methods employed to achieve this. This combined approach is relevant to education because capacities for creative knowledge work are in high demand by the industries we serve and while, in our experience, creativity comes naturally to most students, the sustained development of ideas does not and requires support.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Value of Design & Engineering Education in a Knowledge Age : Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design EducationProceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
EditorsLyndon Buck, Erik Bohemia, Hilary Grierson, Anders Bisgaard, Mette Terkildsen, Poul John McElheron
Number of pages6
PublisherThe Design Society Institution of Engineering Designers
Publication date8 Oct 2020
Pages1-6
ISBN (Print)9781912254101
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2020
Event22nd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: The Value of Design & Engineering Education in a Knowledge Age - VIA Design, Birk Center park 5, Herning, Denmark
Duration: 10 Sep 202011 Sep 2020
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Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
LocationVIA Design, Birk Center park 5
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityHerning
Period10/09/2011/09/20
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Keywords

  • learning, educational science and teaching

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