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Title: Supporting Empathy in Design Thinking - A Learning Community Approach
Authors: Khan, Rubaina
Raman, Preeti
Slotta, James D.
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Khan, R., Raman, P., & Slotta, J. D. (2022). Supporting empathy in design thinking - a learning community approach. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 1641-1644). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Empathy plays an imperative role in human-centered design thinking processes. Our research explores how a learning community approach can help students become empathetic designers. By situating the design experience within a community of peers, there are increased opportunities for norming and exchange, shared strategies and resources, and a sense of collective progress. Such design activities allow students to bring in their voices and identities by offering empathetic feedback into the classroom discourse. Using the Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI) model, we explore how the diversity in the dispositions and experiences of students plays a unique and major role in framing and shaping design problems through peer feedback and perspective-taking. This paper reports the findings from six graduate-level courses that offered a design assignment in an education faculty taught over two years.
Description: Short Paper
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