Flexible Learning

By: Katia Caetano Lord  

Flexible Learning is a personal investigation of the relationship between the design-thinking process and standardized primary and secondary education. The problem-solving methods used in graphic design are studied as a means of enhancing skills among K-12 students in the education system—skills that are not generally being developed, some of which are creativity, engagement, collaboration, evaluation, refinement, and presentation techniques. While graphic designers access and synthesize information from clients, a child can also access and synthesize information from his or her teacher. When a client comes with a design request, designers research, create and then present the most appropriate solution. In the classroom, this kind of thinking process is also possible when the teacher offers students the opportunity to solve a problem, usually in the form of a project. In this study, I explain how more intensive and creative application of the design-thinking process can expand the horizons for whole-brain thinking and creative thinking among students.

Collaboration,Creativity,Critical Thinking,Design Thinking Process,Engagement,Problem Solving,Standards, Whole-brain,Presentation Techniques, Graphic Design
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Katia Caetano Lord

Part-time Faculty, School of Art and Design, Kennesaw State University