Oakridge Expert’s Article by Mukta Roy, Grade 5 Coordinator
By now, you’ve probably heard about design thinking. More industries than ever are taking a human-centric approach to evolving their existing products and generating new ideas to serve their customers better.
You must be wondering, how design thinking process is related to school?” In this article, we’ll explore the same.
Design Thinking is a mind-set and approach to learning, collaboration, and problem solving. In practice, the design process is a structured framework for identifying challenges, gathering information, generating potential solutions, refining ideas, and testing solutions.
Design Thinking can be flexibly implemented; serving equally well as a framework for a course design or a roadmap for an activity or group project. Design Thinking is an approach to learning that focuses on developing students’ creative confidence. Teachers and students engage in hands-on design challenges that focus on developing empathy, promoting a bias toward action, encouraging ideation, developing metacognitive awareness and fostering active problem solving.
Nowadays educationists are taking Design Thinking to explore how design thinking can best impact teaching and learning. Students in Primary Years are using this tool in their class.
Young students use the “Design Thinking Process” to convert their idea into an entrepreneurial venture. This 5 steps process helps them to analyse and channelize their innovative thoughts into reality. They start with Empathize that gives them a clear insight into their chosen situation and connect with it through the user’s perspective. They discover people’s explicit and implicit needs so that they could meet those with their design solutions. Then they move to the Define stage with reframing of the problem that is grounded in user needs by looking at things differently and make sure that they identify something worth working on.
Thereafter comes the Ideate stage with generating many possible solutions to the issue by incorporating different perspectives and finalising on the one solution. After that the real construction phase began with Prototype stage where the students start creating a concrete model of their concept which take them closer to their final solution.
Finally, the Test phase when they actually launch their idea to the community and witness its acceptance. This helps them to understand how users understand and use their idea and also gives them the opportunity to evaluate their solution.
Design is a way of thinking, and educationist are inculcating this from a young age to enable the students to be future ready.