Design Alchemy pp 121-142 | Cite as

What Is the Design Alchemy Pedagogy?

  • Roderick Sims
Part of the Educational Communications and Technology: Issues and Innovations book series (ECTII, volume 8)


Over the decades many different concepts and strategies have been considered appropriate for education—experiential, motivational and problem based—and other factors have also impacted on design practice such as learning styles, culture and generation. This chapter focuses on the informing theories of Design Alchemy, which is both integrative and eclectic and provides a theoretical and evidence-based foundation for practicing as a design alchemist. While acknowledging that traditionally pedagogy refers specifically to the art of teaching, in this context the design alchemist also needs a pedagogy, a theoretically sound framework, on which to base design decisions that will enhance the experience of both learner and teacher. The elements which make up this pedagogy are based on an inclusive learner-centred philosophy which integrate learning activities, contextual learning, problem-solving, social learning, creative learning and emergence.


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  • Roderick Sims
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  1. 1.KnowledgecraftWoodbumAustralia

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