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International Journal of Art & Design Education

Destination, Imagination and the Fires Within: Design Thinking in a Middle School Classroom

Volume 29.1   2010

CARROLL, MAUREEN ; GOLDMAN, SHELLEY; BRITOS, LETICIA ; KOH, JAIME ; ROYALTY, ADAM and HORNSTEIN, MICHAEL

 

The purpose of the Taking Design Thinking to Schools Research Project was to extend the knowledge base that contributes to an improved understanding of the role of design thinking in K-12 classrooms. The ethnographic qualitative study focused on the implementation of an interdisciplinary design curriculum by a team of university instructors in a public charter school. Three questions framed the study. How did students express their understanding of design thinking classroom activities? How did affective elements impact design thinking in the classroom environment? How is design thinking connected to academic standards and content learning in the classroom?