Based on my post yesterday, I had a few different conversations. One was virtual with John Spencer. John has been thinking about creativity and design thinking for quite some time, he even wrote a related book recently called “Launch“. Needless to say, John has some thoroughly thought through ideas about design and the design process. John and I exchanged some push back on each others’ ideas and as we often discover, we agree that nuance is an important piece of the puzzle. I was writing in reaction to overly prescriptive instruction that removes student creativity by determining a process for the kids and he was explaining how an initial process can provide a launch point for the creativity that will come. I conceded that such a support is not a bad idea, but too often teachers don’t allow for the student agency that he encouraged his students to embrace as they created their own process. He agreed and we laughed, clinked our beers together and continued to listen to the band we were watching. Ok, that last part didn’t happen, but someday, John, someday.
So, for my Wondering Wednesday (remember I’m trying this whole alliteration theme thing), I want to share a possible study that came out of our conversation. Imagine two groups of students. Both groups are given a design/engineering task. One group is introduced to a design process to guide there work while the other group is only asked to complete the task. How would the two groups’ work, thinking, and processes be different?
Maybe one group would be more likely to complete the task. Perhaps one group would take longer than the other. One group may develop more diversity of products. The other group might have less quarreling.