ERIC Number: EJ1095513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Thinking about "Design Thinking": A Study of Teacher Experiences
Retna, Kala S.
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, v36 suppl 1 p5-19 2016
Schools are continuously looking for new ways of enhancing student learning to equip students with skills that would enable them to cope with twenty-first century demands. One promising approach focuses on design thinking. This study examines teacher's perceptions, experiences and challenges faced in adopting design thinking. There is a lack of empirical research on the adoption and implementation of the design thinking process in educational context from the teachers' point of view. This paper fills this gap and also provides insight on a recent initiative adopted in Singapore schools. Qualitative case study research was carried out in a school using teacher narratives. Data includes in-depth face-to-face interviews and participant observation. The findings show that teachers perceive that design thinking holds the potential for enhancing skills such as creativity, problem solving, communication and team work as well as empower students to develop empathy for others within and beyond the community. The research also highlighted several challenges such as inadequate resources, time constraints, fear of poor grades and the difficulty of shifting to a new way of teaching and learning that differs vastly from the traditional approach. The findings reveal that a piecemeal approach towards curriculum redesign for adopting design thinking may not provide the desired outcomes.
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Design, Thinking Skills, Teacher Attitudes, Adoption (Ideas), Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Participant Observation, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Curriculum, Integrated Curriculum, Barriers, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore