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Design Thinking

Research, Innovation, and Implementation

Edited by:
Karen L. Sanzo, Old Dominion University
Jay Paredes Scribner, Old Dominion University


Call for Chapters

Design thinking is a human-centered problem-solving process that organizations can use to address wicked and complex problems of practice. Within the PK-12 arena, the design thinking process has engaged educators in addressing challenges such as curriculum redesign, instructional engagement, and designing physical spaces in new and innovative ways. The use of design thinking in the PK-12 space is a result of the evolution of organizational improvement processes that put people at the center of problem-solving initiatives. Design thinking enables people to look at problems in ways typically not done in the past and address them through creative approaches.

Currently there are “pockets” of design thinking flourishing throughout the United States. Striking, however, is that while there are books on “how” to implement design thinking and online examples of design thinking in action, there is actually very little in the extant body of research around design thinking. Further, much of what we read are generally idealized examples of success, without delving into struggles and barriers. We hope to bring together a variety of research-based and illustrated case studies around design thinking in PK-12 education.

Relying on methods of case study research, chapters in this book will develop and share case studies of PK-12 schools and districts that have used design thinking, as well as research studies that have studied aspects of design thinking in the PK-12 space. Case study submissions should include a literature base as a part of the chapter, as well as implications for practice and research.

Chapter Proposals
Chapter proposals should be no longer than one page. Please cite at least 5 sources and include a reference page. The proposal cover page must contain the author’s full contact information. For multiple authored proposals, please list all authors’ contact information and indicate the corresponding author. Decisions will be made and communicated by March 15, 2020, and a Manual for Authors will be provided to accepted corresponding authors.

At all stages, manuscripts must conform to 6th edition APA conventions. Following the submission of full chapter drafts on June 3, 2020, a blind review process among the corresponding authors will be conducted and feedback communicated by July 3, 2020.

Full chapters will range from 6,000 to 8,000 words in Times New Roman 12, double spaced text, inclusive of title, abstract, manuscript, and references. Submit to the book editors as a Microsoft Word email attachment by August 26, 2020. Graphics and images may be included. See Author Guidelines.

Projected Deadlines
- Chapter Proposals: February 29, 2020
- Notification of Invitation to Contribute Chapter: March 15, 2020
- Submission of Draft Chapters for Blind Peer Review: June 3, 2020
- Return of Blind Peer Reviewed Chapters to Authors: July 3, 2020
- Submission of Revised Chapters: August 26, 2020
- Submission of Final Chapters to IAP: October 21, 2020
- Anticipated Publication in Spring 2021

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