The Diagnostics of the Design Thinker Personality Profile with the Big Five Assessment for Educational Work

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Marc Krüger
Hoff Annika
Len Schrader


Design Thinking as an innovation approach has gained relevance in the professional context and is increasingly used to solve interdisciplinary problems. In the current research literature, there are some heuristic approaches of Design Thinking that experts have described as the personal abilities of a Design Thinker, which have proven to be beneficial in practice. However, there has been no measurement of the necessary personal skills for Design Thinking. The early diagnosis of process-inhibiting personalities would be profitable for a Design Thinking coach in that certain didactic interventions could be implemented proactively, so that foreseeable disturbances within the Design Thinking process can be counteracted. For this reason, a corresponding procedure for diagnosing the expected Design Thinker skills of the students at the Münster School of Vocational Education was developed. Using the Design-based Research approach, a Design Thinker Personality Profile was designed regarding the Big Five personality traits. The developed Design Thinker Personality Profile could be reviewed by the individual personality profiles of the students and the impressions of the lecturers regarding the personality attitudes of the students.

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Marc Krüger, FH Münster - University of Applied Sciences, Münster School of Vocational Education, Leonardo-Campus 7, 48149 Münster, Germany

At the Münster School of Vocational Education, Prof. Dr. Marc Krüger is responsible for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVED). He is teaching didactics of media, media education, didactics of engineering, design thinking, and didactics of vocational education and training.