Towards a formal assessment of design literacy: analyzing K-12 students' stance towards inquiry

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We present a tool for quantitative assessment of K-12 students' stance towards inquiry as an important part of students' development of design literacy. On a basis of design thinking literature, we position designerly stance towards inquiry as a prerequisite for engaging with wicked problems. The Design Literacy (DeL) assessment tool contains design of a qualitative survey question, a coding scheme for assessing aspects of a designerly stance towards inquiry, and a description of how, we have validated the results through a large-scale survey administration in K-12 education. Our DeL tool is meant to provide educators, leaders, and policy makers with strong arguments for introducing design literacy in K-12 schools, which, we posit, function within in an age of measurement.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDesign Studies
Volume46
Issue numberSeptember
Pages (from-to)125-151
Number of pages27
ISSN0142-694X
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StatePublished - 8 Jun 2016

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