2017 WISE Research #01
Thinking & Acting like a Designer: How design thinking supports innovation in K-12 education
The needs of the twenty-first century demand new approaches to learning. Today, student success requires skills for collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving, and these skills are increasingly becoming a focus in both K-12 and higher education settings. But twenty-first century learning needs to be much more if we are to expect young people to both navigate an unknown and complex future and meet the challenges that accompany it.
We need change-makers, people who will rede ne problems, inspire new ideas, take informed risks, and never stop learning. Change-makers implement and evolve solutions that aim to better the individual and the whole, be it a classroom, a school, a community, or a society. This is the approach of a designer and the focus of this publication.
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This report has been reviewed by
- Dr. Gavin Melles, Senior Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology
- Dr. Joyce Koh Hwee Ling, Associate Professor, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University