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College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series: A Study of Teaching Methods to Enhance Creativity and Critical Thinking

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Friday September 29, 2017 11:00am

Progress and change are important to improving old processes, and educational methods are not an exception to these facts of life. Numerous studies have been conducted on different learning styles and methods individuals use to transfer what they learn to new situations. However, most of these studies do not reflect on what this research means for designers, specifically graphic designers. This study specifically looks at how graphic designers play many roles as problem solvers, critical thinkers, and creative strategists. Generally speaking, success in graphic design is measured by the strength of a solution's creativity. When a solution is creative it tends to address the need in a new way. A designer works through a process to find a solution that best meets the criteria of the problem or issue: research, ideation, final design development, and communication. This research is not just something that can be tested in design but also can be tested in other educational settings as well.

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