Design Thinking Guide for Schools


The Good Project, a research initiative under Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been affiliated with Design for Change (DFC) for several years. As two groups sharing similar interests in youth development - specifically, encouraging young people to “do good”, we benefit from being thought partners for and supporters of each other’s work. The Good Project has been able to utilize its expertise in studying ethical thinking and designing curriculum materials to assess the impact of DFC’s educational programs. Their latest effort, the 8th grade curriculum, has the potential to provide students with exposure to important student development areas (empathetic thinking, problem-solving, confidence) in the context of DFC ‘s principles. In order to ensure that the curriculum works for this purpose, The Good Project will be assessing the impact of the 8th grade curriculum on students over the 2014-2015 school year.

The Good Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (USA) will be conducting a research with all the participating schools to assess if and how the design thinking curriculum leads to:

• Development of Empathetic Thinking
• Development of Critical Thinking
• Development of Confidence

ASSET (Assessment of Scholastic Skills through Educational Testing), India, a scientifically designed, skill-based assessment test conducted by Education Initiatives will help us determine the impact of design thinking curriculum on academic scores of the participating students.

For more information on the research and/or for participation/collaboration, please contact:
Akanksha Agarwal (+91-9737238035)

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