Design Thinking for Education: Conceptions and Applications in Teaching and Learning

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Soham Bhattacharjee
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Design Thinking for Education: Conceptions and Applications in Teaching and Learning


Pedagogies and trends in the field of education are evolving every day. With the introduction of NEP 2020, newer teaching methods are now crucial to help students grow. One such approach is Design Thinking. 

But what does Design thinking mean and how is it applicable in teaching and learning in India?

Design thinking is a student-centric approach that solves real-world problems with innovation. It is a set of strategic, cognitive, and practical processes that improve problem-solving in students with the help of design concepts. It improves creative thinking and aims to find solutions to problems that are desirable, feasible, and viable. 

Unlike popular opinion, Design thinking is not merely art or design. It is a revolutionary concept that covers multiple disciplines.  Design thinking is predicted to be one of the frontrunners of teaching methods in the near future and is also a pivotal aspect of STEAM education.

 STEAM celebrates the collaboration of Art with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It inculcates thinking out of the box in students and empowers them to be independent thinkers. Art is both required and powerful in education and design thinking enables students to learn experientially. 

Particularly in K-12 education, design thinking is essential. Design thinking combines design with technology and helps students bring out innovative ideas. For example, data in its raw form is of no use. But involving design thinking and creating easy visual representations of the same can improve both accessibility and visualization for the data.

But Why should your child be introduced to design thinking?

  • The introduction of design thinking in teaching curriculums helps students be goal-oriented and come up with ideas that otherwise would not have been born. 
  • Design thinking helps students broaden their perspectives and formulate multiple solutions that are sustainable and effective.
  • It encourages students to be innovative and use their creativity in everything they do. Students are hence better equipped to solve problems on a larger scale. 
  • Design thinking helps students to not only improve their design and art skills but also empowers them to be creative and independent thinkers. 
  • Design thinking gives rise to the next generation of entrepreneurs and industry leaders who can think out of the box and make trends instead of following them.
  • Combining design concepts with everyday knowledge equips students with much-needed skills for the real world. 
  • Design thinking broadens students' mental horizons and helps improve their self-confidence and develop their personalities. 

Design thinking is marking a paradigm shift in the field of education. Leading this change is Maxfort School Rohini, Cambridge. The Cambridge International Education is a dedicated wing cocooned inside Maxfort School which brings the world-renowned Cambridge Curriculum with ‘Design Thinking’. 


At the forefront of breaking traditional methods of learning, Maxfort School aims to inculcate experiential learning in students to help them grow into well-rounded individuals and excel in life. At Maxfort, they provide a safer learning environment using technology to strengthen teaching. Using digital education tools like Learning Management System (LMS), international online teaching/learning programs, e-library, virtual science labs, online MATHLAB, simulations, and videos, learning becomes genuinely effective by combining aspects of online and in-person methodologies.

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