This paper addresses the relation and common elements between design thinking and social outreach practices developed in the project “Training in design thinking for teachers of the primary school San José Los Sitios“. The University Dr. José Matías Delgado conceives social outreach as a planned and systematic process for linking academic activity with life outside the walls of the university, focusing constructively in society. Since 2014, the School of Design has worked with different public schools in the rural area of the department of La Libertad. The project aimed to apply design thinking methodology as a tool for human-centered problem solving. Using grounded theory, five categories relating common elements between design thinking and social outreach practices were identified: connecting ideas, team work, shared knowledge, organization and empathy/sense of belonging. The project enhanced communication among teachers; students became more engaged in design work, raising new thoughts in practice based and collaborative design learning approaches.
|Keywords:||Design Thinking, Social Outreach, Design Education, El Salvador|
Social Outreach Coordinator, School of Design, University Dr. Jose Matias Delgado, Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador