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Designing a brainstorm product for research and design education

Wevers, T.M.J. (2020) Designing a brainstorm product for research and design education.

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Abstract:For the subject research and design in Dutch secondary education, students work on projects for real companies that can be found around their school. These companies often ask for new and original designs, however my personal experience in the classroom has shown me that students don’t always find it easy to properly brainstorm for these ideas. Thus the need for more assistance with brainstorming arose. The students find it difficult to let go of the first idea that comes to their mind or to come up with a larger variety of ideas. Furthermore, the background of the teachers often lies in a scientific subject so it can be difficult for them to properly guide the creative process of the students. The difficulties for the students and the background of the teachers were the starting point for this research. In three phases a product was designed to help the students and teachers of research and design: an investigation phase to get a better understanding of the scope of the project, a design phase to come up with a concept for the product and an evaluation phase where the concept is evaluated and an end product is created. The end product is a board game that combines individual input with group input through a game mechanic similar to the game ‘cards against humanity’. By playing the game the students walk through a problem definition phase, a diverging phase and a converging phase. The end result for the group of students is a list of twelve ideas for their project that they have evaluated based on their projects’ list of requirements.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Science Education and Communication MSc (60708)
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