Kindergarten Student's Approaches to Resolving Open-Ended Design Tasks

Scott R. Bartholomew, Cameron Moon, Emily Yoshikawa Ruesch, Greg J. Strimel
2019 Journal of Technology Education  
Research on children's experiences with designing has emphasized cognitive processes, self-efficacy, and outcomes related to designing. However, efforts have been limited towards identifying approaches children use while designing and making decisions related to design. This study, which incorporated a qualitative analysis of children's design portfolios, explored students' decisions in planning and evaluating designs related to children's nursery rhymes. Differences in design approaches, based
more » ... n approaches, based on teacher, task, and stage of designing, were identified in the analysis. Understanding how children approach and attempt to solve open-ended design problems may assist in improving student design experiences and pedagogical practices in all levels of education.
doi:10.21061/jte.v30i2.a.6 fatcat:anbupf6einexhh37lg7tt3nrya