September 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Since we last talked about my thesis project I was ruminating on Design Education and made my way into generational traits. I figured that the future of education revolves around the Y-Generation (a.k.a. Millennials, Echo Boomers, First Digitals) so we should be considering them when constructing educational methods. I just dove into this idea last night and one thing (of many) I discovered was that that some researchers have proven is that there are generational traits (generationism) and that the generation born between 1980 and 2000 (+/-) has a natural tendency towards left and right brain thinking. According to Daniel Pink’s book “A Whole New Mind,” thinking/creating/working with both sides of the brain will be the new economy. This type of thinking is also crucial to innovation as we need to balance creative (new ideas!) and analytical (logical systems!) thinking to come up with truly innovative concepts. His theory, as well as my belief, is that leveraging both sides of the brain will be crucial in solving the most pressing and complex problems within society. So, if the Y-Gen is predispositioned toward this sort of thinking they may be able to successfully address the slew of fuzzy problems that we know of (and those that we haven’t yet discovered). « Read the rest of this entry »

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