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Enabling 21st century skills for textile education by integrating design thinking in elementary schools

  • Creativity, problem-solving skills and the ability for collaborative work are considered key competences for facing the challenges of the 21st century. Children are born with an inherent creativity that decreases throughout their school careers. A research team of designers and educators investigates whether the implementation of Design Thinking (DT) in textile education in German elementary schools is a suitable method to preserve children’s creativity. Initial surveys with teachers and pilot studies in elementary schools showed high motivation and openmindedness towards DT in classroom. The challenge will be to develop suitable teaching modules for elementary schools of the federal state Baden Württemberg.

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Author of HS ReutlingenHögsdal, Sabine
Erschienen in:Textiles at the crossroads : proceedings : AUTEX 2019, 19th World Textile Conference : 11-15 June 2019, NH Ghent Belfort, Ghent, Belgium
Publisher:Ghent University
Place of publication:Ghent
Editor:Paul Kiekens
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2019
Tag:Design Thinking (DT); collaborative work; creativity; problem-solving skills; textile education
Page Number:6
DDC classes:370 Erziehung, Schul- und Bildungswesen
Open access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - CC BY-NC - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell 4.0 International