Call for Papers des neuen De Gruyter Open Access Journals Open Education Studies: „Design Thinking in Education“

07.09.2018 | Call for Papers/Participation

De Gruyter veröffentlicht Fachzeitschriften, die komplett Open Access verfügbar sind. Für eine Sonderausgabe zum Thema „Design Thinking in Education“ werden Beiträge gesucht, welche die Anwendung von Design Thinking und die damit verbundenen Ansätzen im Bildungsbereich beispielhaft veranschaulichen. Abstracts können bis zum 3. Dezember 2018 eingereicht werden. Die Veröffentlichung der Sonderausgabe ist für Juli 2019 geplant.


Design thinking is a problem solving method geared to overcome wicked problems, that have no right or wrong solution and resist traditional scientific and engineering approaches, as “the information needed to understand the problem depends upon one's idea for solving it” (Rittel & Webber, 1973, 161). Design thinking aims at transcending the immediate boundaries of the problem to ensure that the right questions are being addressed. The process foresees steps that allow participants to analyze, synthesize, diverge and generate insights from different domains through drawing, prototyping and storytelling (Brown, 2009). During the design thinking process, the facilitator encourages learners to see constraints as inspiration (Brown & Wyatt, 2010). The results are typically not directed toward a technological “quick fix” but toward new integrations of signs, things, actions, and environments (Buchanan, 1992).

While the concept of design thinking within the academic dialogue of design has been under discussion for more than 30 years, its recent adoption as an innovation method has lead to its popularity in various disciplines (Wigley and Straker, 2017). As Goldschmidt (2017) stated, the term design thinking means different things to different communities. The author distinguishes two facets: (1) Descriptive models of the design process, based on observational research of real-life or laboratory design activities by individuals or teams; (2) a method to be practiced in industries that strive to introduce innovative products or services. Interest in how designers work and think progressively moved from the purview of designers and architects to the field of management and business administration (Elsbach & Stigliani, 2018). Both communities emphasize iterative processes, collaboration, speed of concept modeling and testing through prototyping, and interaction with users.

As awareness of the designed experience increases, so does the desire to apply the process of design thinking to a wider range of scenarios to analyze and resolve any business or productivity challenge in a new, insightful, invigorating manner (Hodgkinson, 2013). The essence of design thinking in education is to put learners into contexts that make them think and work like an expert designer, and thereby foster civic literacy, empathy, cultural awareness and risk taking (Sharples et al., 2016).


This special issue seeks contributions that exemplify the adoption of design thinking and related approaches (e.g., LEGO serious play, participatory design and bricolage) in education. Of particular interest are case studies that analyze both the process and the outcomes of design thinking, while critically reflecting upon its effectiveness. Quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches (e.g., ethnography, surveys, mixed methods, in vivo experiments) are equally welcome.  

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Design Thinking for curricular and organizational development
  • Design Thinking for conceptualizing educational resources and organizational websites
  • Design Thinking as a teaching technique in K12 and higher education
  • Design Thinking in innovative teaching and learning settings (makerspaces, innovation labs)
  • Design Thinking to foster inclusive teaching and intergroup empathy


Abstract submission: December 3, 2018 (via webform to lead editor at
Abstract Feedback: December 21, 2018
Submissions of initial papers due: February 1, 2019 (via journal submission system
Planned publication: July 2019 (articles will be published upon being accepted on an ongoing basis).

Weitere Details können des vollständigen Call for Papers auf der Website des Wissenschaftsverlags De Gruyter entnommen werden.

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