As a problem-solving approach, design thinking (DT) emphasizes iterative, user-focused designing. While DT is being readily adopted into education, little is known about how educators integrate DT across curricula. To address this question, we collaborated with a tech-ed industry partner and a focus group of experienced educators to assess curriculum content developed using a DT framework. Results showed that educators expressed positive impressions of the DT framework and lesson plans, but also identified potential challenges to integrating DT into classrooms (e.g., assessing skills and attitudes related to DT). Findings suggest that DT-based learning aligns with a shift from project-based instruction to experiential learning aimed at achieving global competencies.
Keywords: design thinking, education, teaching, assessment, creativity, global competencies