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Design in Engineering Education
The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new design methodology—The Wrong Theory Protocol (WTP)—to generate more empathetic and creative ideas. Our first ideas are seldom our best ideas. Many turn to brainstorming/ideation techniques, yet struggle to come up with ideas that help them make progress. Fixation can make it challenging to have insight that is genuinely new. Inspired by the idea that the darkest night comes before the dawn, the wrong theory protocol engages participants in first coming up with terrible ideas, before coming up with beneficial ideas. This paper describes the WTP, including a facilitation guide, and shares results of its use with diverse audiences of new designers. By testing WTP with various sociotechnical problems and audiences, we have identified ways WTP works to enhance the creativity and empathy of design ideas, provided the designer takes up the role of change agent. We share ways faculty who teach design can feasibly incorporate WTP into their courses.
Svihla, V., & Kachelmeier, L. (2020, June), The Wrong Theory Protocol: A Pre-Ideation Technique to Enhance Creativity and Empathy Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35383
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