"National testing aims to bolster basic skills that are important foundations for learning, however an unintended consequence may be an over-emphasis on learning ‘the basics’ and the reproduction of knowledge at the expense of nurturing students’ creativity and imagination and the related development of innovative mindsets and twenty first century literacies. The EIDOS seminar on Design Thinking brought together researchers, practitioners and policy makers from school education, higher education, engineering, psychology, and literacy studies. The diversity of approaches and insights into Design Thinking and its potential underlined the clear need for research in schools and subsequent policy development." Dr. Michael Henderson; Monash University
During the past decade, the evolution of educational theory and teaching strategy has been profoundly impacted by the use and integration of technology in classrooms and lecture theatres across the globe.
The proliferation of interactive technology has radically changed the way we think about learning. The concept of ‘design thinking’ has emerged as the latest tipping point in the educational revolution. Merging creative techniques with business and innovative thinking, design thinking has its roots in design schools over 20 years ago and has most recently been seen as a wider strategy to enable innovation across all areas.
This revolutionary educational wave has extended to influence program changes at Harvard, Stanford, MIT and other universities ranked in the top 50, in addition to the basis for recent executive training in leading organisations such as Oracle.
As increasingly diverse professions and industry leaders bestow increasing levels of recognition on design thinking strategies, education systems need to respond so that students have the opportunity to develop these skills in order to foster creativity and innovation. It is critical that the lack of evidence based research for design thinking is addressed. What is design thinking? Why do we need to know about it? How can it improve national education systems and levels of innovation and creativity amongst the nation’s youth?
- Professor Neil Anderson; Pearl Logan Chair in Rural Education, James Cook University
- Professor Robert Fitzgerald; Director, InSPIRE: Centre for ICT Pedagogy and Practice, University of Canberra
- Professor Catherine Beavis; Deputy Director, Griffith Institute of Educational Research, Griffith University
- Dr. Michael Henderson; Senior Lecturer in Information Communication Technologies in Education, Monash University
- Sonja Bernhardt OAM; CEO, Thoughtware Australia
- Michael O'Leary; Executive Director, Learning and Technologies, Education Queensland
- Andrew Dekker; School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland
- Mick Byrne; State Library of Queensland
Prof. Robert Fitzgerald
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