Ngā Matapakinga | Discussion

    Tessa Gray
    Design thinking and curriculum design
    13 November
    Public discussion Created by Tessa Gray

    Design thinking

    Kia ora tatou,

    Technology is a process-driven curricula, so Kiatakatū ā-Matihiko has produced an iterative model (right) that reflects the design thinking phases (EMPATHISE > DEFINE > IDEATE > PROTOTYPE > FEEDBACK) that fits well with the new Digital Technology areas of the Technology curriculum. For more on the connections with designing thinking and Digital Technologies see, Design Thinking in the curriculum.

    It's not surprising that schools/kura are redesigning their inquiry-based (or project-based) learning models with a design thinking process in mind. One school is revisiting their model and seeing how this better reflects the students and the community they live in. 

    Inquiry models  

    They've been cutting up their existing student inquiry model, overlaying ideas from other inquiry models (as well as their own scientific framework) and creating a mash-up with the design thinking phases in mind. They're also mindful that their model has a student voice and reflects the community and partnerships with local Māori.

    Is your school happy with your current model/s for learning? How does the design thinking process fit with these? Time for a revisit/redesign perhaps? We'd love to hear more...

    For more, see:

    Image sources: Tessa Gray, Design Model from Kiatakatū ā-Matihiko National Digital Readiness Programme

    Kia ora tatou,

    Thanks for these thoughts, Tessa. I'm a big fan of design thinking, and believe that the process and its mindsets have a lot to offer education.

    I agree with you that it underpins the Technology learning area of the NZC, and this offers us opportunities to springboard from this to look at integrated teaching and learning.

    I also think that design thinking can help us to think more about teaching as inquiry, professional learning, and even leadership.

    I'd be very interested in hearing more from schools about how they are using design thinking to inform their practices.

    - By Philippa
      • Philippa
        By Philippa
        Jan 7

        Kia ora tatou,

        Thanks for these thoughts, Tessa. I'm a big fan of design thinking, and believe that the process and its mindsets have a lot to offer education.

        I agree with you that it underpins the Technology learning area of the NZC, and this offers us opportunities to springboard from this to look at integrated teaching and learning.

        I also think that design thinking can help us to think more about teaching as inquiry, professional learning, and even leadership.

        I'd be very interested in hearing more from schools about how they are using design thinking to inform their practices.

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