Call for Contributions: Connected Science Learning - Design Thinking

Call for Contributions: Connected Science Learning - Design Thinking


The editors of Connected Science Learning encourage you to submit a manuscript on any topic related to bridging in-school and out-of-school STEM learning. Although each issue is organized around a theme, your manuscript does not have to be related to a specific theme and can be of general interest to the journal's audience. In order to be considered for publication, manuscripts must adhere to the journal's submission guidelines. Connected Science Learning also features a number of columns that may be a good fit for your manuscript. Upcoming themes and column descriptions are found below.

Issue 15: Design Thinking: Human-Centered Science

According to the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, "Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that is particularly useful when exploring and generating new ideas to creatively solve challenges." A process used by many product designers, inventors, and entrepreneurs, Design Thinking is now making its way into education environments and is being embraced by many who teach science and engineering. While engineering design processes and Design Thinking have many things in common—both include defining the problem, brainstorming possible solutions, building and testing prototypes, and making improvements—Design Thinking provides an intentional focus on the practice of empathy. Designers who practice empathy observe and learn directly from real people experiencing real problems, who will ultimately be the users of the designed solution. This is what makes it human-centered.

Why bring Design Thinking to science and engineering education? There's lots of evidence for how a human-centered approach can increase engagement and make learning experiences more authentic, meaningful, and relevant.

Connected Science Learning is eager to receive manuscripts about activities, programs, evaluation, and research that incorporate Design Thinking to engage young people in authentic learning and empower them to believe they can use science and engineering to make a difference in their schools, communities, and the world.

Contributions are due January 15, 2020

For more information, visit the NSTA website: 

Submission guidelines
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Frequently asked questions



Tuesday, January 15, 2019