Design Thinking and Innovation in Higher Education in Morocco
M. Debbaj, K. Mabrouk, and H. Zidouh
Design thinking is a pedagogical approach that emphasizes problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking skills. The current study examines the use of design thinking as a pedagogical approach in higher education in Morocco. The study discusses the benefits of design thinking for students, including problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking skills. It also presents examples of design thinking in practice in different universities and provides recommendations for incorporating design thinking in the classroom. This research also delves into the difficulties and possibilities of executing design thinking in higher education in Morocco. It emphasizes the requirement to match the design thinking method with the Moroccan education system and cultural surroundings as well as the significance of giving teachers the appropriate training and support to efficiently implement design thinking in the classroom. The study was conducted at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Meknes using a quantitative method. The participants (137) were undergraduate students from the department of French. In general, we found that the use of design thinking in higher education in Morocco can have a positive impact on student learning and engagement. It can help students develop important skills for the 21st century such as creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking. However, our study also highlights the importance of aligning the design thinking approach with the Moroccan education system and cultural context in addition to including the necessary training and support for teachers to effectively implement design thinking in the classroom.