Design Thinking, Designerly Ways of Knowing, and Engaged Learning

  • Jonan Phillip DonaldsonEmail author
  • Brian K. Smith
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Learning is often framed in the learning sciences through a metaphor of construction, a perspective which describes learning as a process in which meaning is individually and socially constructed. Design thinking, designerly ways of knowing, and principles of constructionist learning provide powerful lenses through which to view the process of construction. The design thinking for engaged learning (DTEL) framework brings strands of research regarding design thinking, designerly ways of knowing, and constructionist learning together as a set of principles through which to develop and evaluate designs of constructionist learning environments.


Design thinking Designerly ways of knowing Constructionist learning Engagement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.ExCITe Center & School of EducationDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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