Volume 9 - Issue 1
Design Thinking Model in Early Childhood Education
Vakkas YALÇIN
Kilis 7 Aralık University

Abstract:
Click This study aims to investigate the usability of the design thinking model for the education of pre-school children and the effects of the activities performed in line with the design thinking model on children. This research was conducted as a case study of 16 teachers working in a private school. Research data were collected through interviews with teachers and analyzed using the content analysis method. The analysis results demonstrated that the design thinking model could be easily used in the education of pre-school children. The Design Thinking model improves children's creativity, problem-solving, cooperation, communication, curiosity, questioning, and empathy. It allows children to express their ideas freely and supports social, emotional, language, and cognitive developmental domains. Also, the design-oriented learning process appears to actively involve children in the learning process, enable peer learning, and give children self-confidence. On the other hand, while the design thinking model does not seem to be a problem for children aged 4 and 5, children aged 3 have issues in task sharing, being a group, belonging to a group, fulfilling duties and responsibilities. or tap here to enter text.
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