Design thinking frameworks as transformative cross-disciplinary pedagogy

Anderson, Neil, Adam, Raoul, Taylor, Pauline, Madden, Dianna, Melles, Gavin, Kuek, Christopher, Wright, Natalie, & Ewens, Bev (2014) Design thinking frameworks as transformative cross-disciplinary pedagogy. Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, Department of Education, Sydney, N.S.W.

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Final report for the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.

"This seed project ‘Design thinking frameworks as transformative cross-disciplinary pedagogy’ aimed to examine the way design thinking strategies are used across disciplines to scaffold the development of student attributes in the domain of problem solving and creativity in order to enhance the nation’s capacity for innovation. Generic graduate attributes associated with innovation, creativity and problem solving are considered to be amongst the most important of all targeted attributes (Bradley Review of Higher Education, 2009).

The project also aimed to gather data on how academics across disciplines conceptualised design thinking methodologies and strategies. Insights into how design thinking strategies could be embedded at the subject level to improve student outcomes were of particular interest in this regard. A related aim was the investigation of how design thinking strategies could be used by academics when designing new and innovative subjects and courses."

Case Study 3: QUT Community Engaged Learning Lab Design Thinking/Design Led Innovation Workshop by Natalie Wright Context

"The author, from the discipline area of Interior Design in the QUT School of Design, Faculty of Creative Industries, is a contributing academic and tutor for The Community Engaged Learning Lab, which was initiated at Queensland University of Technology in 2012. The Lab facilitates university-wide service-learning experiences and engages students, academics, and key community organisations in interdisciplinary action research projects to support student learning and to explore complex and ongoing problems nominated by the community partners. In Week 3, Semester One 2013, with the assistance of co-lead Dr Cara Wrigley, Senior Lecturer in Design led Innovation, a Masters of Architecture research student and nine participating industry-embedded Masters of Research (Design led Innovation) facilitators, a Design Thinking/Design led Innovation workshop was conducted for the Community Engaged Learning Lab students, and action research outcomes published at 2013 Tsinghua International Design Management Symposium, December 2013 in Shenzhen, China (Morehen, Wright, & Wrigley, 2013)."

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Item Type: Report
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Additional Information: "Acknowledgements Professor Anderson and the team at James Cook University (JCU) would like to acknowledge the academics at Queensland University of Technology, Swinburne University, Edith Cowan University and Charles Darwin University for their contribution to successfully organising design thinking lectures and workshops in Darwin, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Key academics included Dr Oksana Zelenko and Dr Jenny Lane. We would also like to thank Dr Gavin Melles, Dr Bev Ewens, Dr Christopher Kuek and Natalie Wright for their case study contributions to the report. We would also like to thank the Office for Learning and Teaching for funding the project."
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Keywords: HERN
ISBN: 9781760280116
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, Department of Education
Deposited On: 20 May 2015 22:01
Last Modified: 22 May 2015 00:19

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