Design Thinking: Towards the construction of knowledge

Jody Nyboer, Brad Hokanson

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Viewed as a third way of thinking, design thinking differs from the sciences and the humanities because it involves extensive experimentation and exploration resulting from an iterative process (Cross 1982 Design studies, 3(4), 221–227). This writing presents an explanation of design thinking for instructional designers and describes a variety of skills and traits illustrating how design thinking supports the construction of knowledge. The value of design thinking can be seen from the viewpoint of the instructional or course designer and as a model for student learning processes.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLearning, Design, and Technology: An International Compendium of Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-17727-4
StatePublished - Jul 24 2018


  • Design thinking
  • Framing
  • Problem finding
  • Abductive thinking
  • Reflection-in-action
  • Creativity


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