Design Thinking

Designs connect thinking and acting. Design thinking is general term to describe wide-ranging strategies and tools to support a process of engaging in thought about and taking action through Garden-Based Science Teaching (GBST). As an extension of design thinking, design-based research connects theoretical insights and practical wisdom map out forms of GBST and how to support them. By characterizing and exploring GBST during the conference, participants articulated and refined common design features such as the materials and resources enlisted to support GBST or the roles and expectations through which student participate.

Below is a video resource produced for and circulated among conference participants in order to support engagement with design thinking during conference sessions. Also, please visit our conference papers section in order to explore a peer-reviewed research journal article that we published about the role of design in GBST.

How does the blooming, buzzing complexity of garden-based science teaching actually unfold?

In this video, Amanda Riske summarizes a design tool used first to unpack garden-based science teaching and then to map the system of features and relations underlying productive garden-based learning.