June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Design in Engineering Education
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Exploring the Impact of Cognitive Preferences on Student Receptivity toDesign ThinkingAbstract:Design thinking is a popular design methodology that encourages iterative problem solving andfosters the creation of human-centered products. The design thinking method, born at the famousproduct development firm, IDEO, is intentionally loosely structured and fast paced, forcingdesigners to rapidly prototype and test potential innovations. With its less structured format,design thinking may be more appealing and more readily accepted and adopted by someindividuals than others – as anecdotal evidence collected from design classrooms and designthinking workshops seems to indicate. The aim of this study is to determine whether studentreceptivity to design thinking might be linked to individual cognitive characteristics that reflectinnate structural preferences.In particular, this work reports on a pilot study that explores individual problem solving stylesand their relation to student levels of frustration during the design thinking process. Kirton’sAdaption-Innovation inventory (KAI®), which is a highly reliable psychometric instrument thatmeasures an individual’s innate preference for structure, is used to assess each student’s problemsolving style. Self-Assessment Manikin (SAM), an ecological momentary mood assessment, isused to track fluctuations in the students’ moods throughout the design thinking process. Thesefluctuations in mood will be correlated with problem solving style to determine whethercognitive preference is a likely factor in students’ reactions and receptivity to design thinking.Data collection for this project is currently underway. This paper will provide a detaileddiscussion of our experimental protocol, data analysis, and implications for engineering designeducators – especially those who want to integrate design thinking in their classrooms.
Menold, J., & Jablokow, K. W., & Kisenwether, E. C., & Zappe, S. E. (2015, June), Exploring the Impact of Cognitive Preferences on Student Receptivity to Design Thinking Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24073
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