Design Thinking for CEWA

Imagine if we could embed design thinking into our teaching practice to promote twenty-first-century learning skills and prepare students for jobs that don’t exist yet. Imagine if students were engaged in solving real-world problems.


Sixty-five per cent of private school students encounter difficulties in their first year of university.

In an age of uncertainty, where many jobs are already being automated, and where many new jobs have not even been invented yet, how can we equip students with the skills required to adapt quickly to new situations and embrace life-long learning?

Design thinking is a proven discipline for realising ideas and solving problems. It allows thinkers to explore the multiple pathways that might lead to the right answer. Disciplined but flexible, design thinking is a more creative and thoughtful way of bringing ideas to life. Users prototype and test, learning as they go.

The Design Thinking for CEWA team believe that by bringing design thinking into CEWA schools, we will be able to foster valuable twenty-first-century learning skills – critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity – in students, preparing them for a world where they will be solving problems that haven’t even been thought of yet. In turn, students will be able to engage with real-world problems, participating in, giving back to and enriching their communities.

The Design Thinking for CEWA program will offer a toolkit for educators to deploy design thinking in their classrooms, complete with modules of work and links to the Western Australian curriculum.

The Design Thinking for CEWA team’s prototype is a prototype of the design-thinking toolkit, and can be visited here.

Team members: Claire Clemons, Arran Jodah, Lynn Tomlinson, Nancy Bonfiglio-Pavisich, Kevin Sheehy, Melissa Myles

Prototypes