Emily Pilloton did a TED talk in July last year called teaching design for change, where herself and her company Studio H (odd name, I know) aims to improve run down, rural communities by implementing design into education. She bases her methodology on 6 rules...
- Design Through Action
- Design with, not for
- Design systems, not stuff
- Document, share and measure
- Start locally, Scale globally
She talks about redesigning education; using creative tools to connect with kids and immerse them in their taught material.
A key point that struck me was when she talks about "Design as Education". Based upon Design Based Learning (DBL), but instead of making in-class papier mache volcanos, use the taught material to make projects within the community, that gives something back to the town and at the same time gives a very real-life scenario for the children to see the benefit of their work.
More info HERE