Design Thinking Mindsets: Reconstituting Failure to Increase Students’ Problem-solving Skills


The researcher conducted an ex-post facto evaluation to investigate whether design thinking mindset curriculum has a positive effect on self-efficacy and belief in the students’ ability to problem-solve. All students included in the evaluation were part of a sixth-grade Team 1 team day and participated remotely due to COVID-19. By analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data, the researcher sought to identify the extent to which self-efficacy and belief in one’s ability to problem-solve increased, how we might create problem-seekers of our secondary students, and to gauge to what extent language acquisition for design thinking mindsets occurs with minimal exposure. Based on this dissertation in practice, the researcher adds understanding about the effects of design thinking mindsets on the youngest secondary students, and determines the relationship between exposure to design thinking mindsets and belief in the ability to problem-solve.


Dr. Dawn Fichera
Educator, Project Invent Fellow, Affirmative Action Officer, ELA Curriculum, Cherry Hill School District, New Jersey, United States


Presentation Type

Workshop Presentation


2023 Special Focus—New Agendas for Design: Principles of Scale, Practices of Inclusion


Human centered education,designing for equity,innovation and education

Digital Media


Design Thinking Mindsets (pdf)