Starting from my prior knowledge Carroll (2014) helped me link STEM and design thinking revealing their compatibility (Murphy, July 17th 2015).
However at this stage I still hadn’t done any design thinking still being theoretical, not practical, leading to changing my own learning space (Murphy, July 22nd 2015) resulting in actually making a real change that I’d considered but never had the courage to do (Murphy, 21st July 2015). This formed the practical foundation to what would become my ‘Literature Critique’ (Murphy, September 10th 2015) reading pivotal opposing articles by Brooks (2011) and Beery et al. (2013) on the impact of learning spaces on learning. Changing my own learning space from rows to group hubs pressured me to change my pedagogy from less lecture to more group work and to investigate its impact by surveying students (Murphy, September 11th 2015) finding that it did make an impact. However what is not clear in practice, as well literature:
Is it just space alone without a change in pedagogy that impacts learning?
Perhaps it matters not as changing a space to cause a change in pedagogy is in itself a good thing if better outcomes result-hmmm?!
More practical experiences improving my grasp of being a design thinker were the immersive tasks of observing and reflecting upon my local gym (Murphy, July 25th2015), fig2, and a trip by train to the city (Murphy, August 7th 2015) drawing pictures upon reflection-totally new to me, fig 3. This taught me to observe, empathise, and ideate new ways of designing experiences better.
A major impact new to my thinking was the need for ethnographic research of putting the user above the object (Carroll et al. 2010) and the value of immersion to gain maximum empathy (Mcdonagh, 2010; Bennett, 2005)
Finally this lead to the synthesising of design thinking and action research into a diagram which I came up with below, inspired by Khoboli & O’toole (2012) and Sankaran & Brown (2012), to revolutionise school practice through individualised emergent training making the designing of learning spaces more effective.
These are processes I intend using into the future to improve my professional practice and that of others. My career will never be the same after competing: #inf536
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