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Wicked Insights into Design Learning


  • Doris Wells-Papanek

    1. MEd collaborates with educators, practitioners, and learners to design and research learning experiences. She has coached educators and learners of all ages, authored multiple papers, and presented at national and international conferences. She is the founder and executive director of the Design Learning Network, which promotes the K-12 design learning process through individual members, as well as international partners and organizations. Anchored in an action research, human-centered, and sustainable approach, the aim of the network's efforts is to mindfully enhance overall educational experiences for all educators and students involved. Wells-Papanek holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction design with a focus on action research from National Louis University and a bachelor's degree in product and environmental design from the Kansas City Art Institute & School of Design.
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It started with a group of about 50 highly motivated K-12 teachers, college educators, practitioners, administrators, business leaders, and forward-thinking college students. They called themselves the Design Learning Network, and their aim was to figure out what students need to know in order to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century.

What will our students need to know in order to prepare for careers that may not even exist yet? The Design Learning Network is looking for suggestions.

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