Fostering Design Culture Through Cultivating the User-Designers' Design Thinking and Systems Thinking

Fostering Design Culture Through Cultivating the User-Designers' Design Thinking and Systems... In this paper, the essence of design thinking and systems thinking is reviewed, analyzed, and synthesized. Although there are many valuable schools of systems thinking, I focus on both Banathy's and Senge's since there are design spirit embedded in their systems thinking. I attempt to grasp the spirit of Banathy's systems models and the essence of Senge's systems thinking, incorporating them into my design inquiry. I propose adopting an enlightened, transformative design approach in order to enhance the revolution of the public's inner and outer systems through collaborative design engagement. It is expected that by utilizing the transformative design approach, the public or user–designers could gain the necessary skills to envision their own learning, assume responsibility for designing their own learning environments, and systematically reflect upon their habitual thinking and actions. Ultimately, the user-designers would be able to transform their model-driven or theory-driven approaches to systems application into a cultural approach to the cultivation of systems “thinking” and design “thinking”. Indeed, design thinking, as well as contemporary systems thinking are two powerful wings to make us fly in the capacious learning world of the 21st century. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Systemic Practice and Action Research Springer Journals

Fostering Design Culture Through Cultivating the User-Designers' Design Thinking and Systems Thinking

Systemic Practice and Action Research, Volume 15 (5) – Oct 13, 2004

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Subject
Business and Management; Business and Management, general; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Organization; Sociology, general
ISSN
1094-429X
eISSN
1573-9295
DOI
10.1023/A:1019933410857
Publisher site
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Abstract

In this paper, the essence of design thinking and systems thinking is reviewed, analyzed, and synthesized. Although there are many valuable schools of systems thinking, I focus on both Banathy's and Senge's since there are design spirit embedded in their systems thinking. I attempt to grasp the spirit of Banathy's systems models and the essence of Senge's systems thinking, incorporating them into my design inquiry. I propose adopting an enlightened, transformative design approach in order to enhance the revolution of the public's inner and outer systems through collaborative design engagement. It is expected that by utilizing the transformative design approach, the public or user–designers could gain the necessary skills to envision their own learning, assume responsibility for designing their own learning environments, and systematically reflect upon their habitual thinking and actions. Ultimately, the user-designers would be able to transform their model-driven or theory-driven approaches to systems application into a cultural approach to the cultivation of systems “thinking” and design “thinking”. Indeed, design thinking, as well as contemporary systems thinking are two powerful wings to make us fly in the capacious learning world of the 21st century.

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Systemic Practice and Action ResearchSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 13, 2004

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