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Danah Henriksen

Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3151
Biography: 

Danah Henriksen researches creativity across multiple areas of education, with a focus on creative teaching practices and skills, as well as creative thinking. Her work has examined creativity among exceptional teachers, through an in-depth qualitative study of the creative thought processes and teaching practices among nationally award-winning teachers, through the lens of transdisciplinary creativity. Her work considers the confluence between personal and professional creativity, to consider how excellent teachers translate their personal interests and avocations into creative teaching practices.

Dr. Henriksen’s current work and research interests focus on several strands of research related to creativity, design thinking, and technology. In exploring creativity and trans-disciplinary thinking in 21st-century teaching learning, she focuses a major strand of her work on design thinking. She researches how design thinking provides a structure and framework for creative problem solving, allowing people to generate and refine ideas, and move between divergent and convergent thinking, to work through creative blocks and identify solutions. Dr, Henriksen considers design thinking for teacher education, using these cognitive processes to help teachers work through problems of practice in their own environments.

A related strand of her work examines the relationship between creativity and mindfulness -- to consider how mindfulness and wellbeing practices relate to creative thinking, by reducing fear of failure, negative self-talk/judgment, and increasing empathy and perspective taking. She is interested in the application of mindfulness in schools to support student wellbeing overall and ability to learn and thrive creatively.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, College of Education, Michigan State University 2011 
  • M.A. Educational Technology, College of Education, Michigan State University 2003
  • B.A. Marketing, Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University 1999
Research Interests: 

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How can design thinking help teachers and the field of education become more creative in solving problems?

  • How do new technologies impact creative teaching practices?

  • How can transdisciplinary thinking impact creativity in teaching and learning settings?

Current Research Projects:

Dr. Henriksen is conducting a case study of design thinking in teacher education. This is a qualitative study focusing on a course that framed teacher education around design thinking processes for solving educational problems of practice.

Additionally, Dr. Henriksen is involved in a study of design thinking and creativity in the 3 Day Startup program, an intensive design-focused workshop meant to develop and support design and entrepreneurial thinking. This work considers how these principles might be instantiated in learning contexts more broadly.

Publications: 

Henriksen, D. (2016). The seven transdisciplinary habits of mind of creative teachers: An exploratory study. Thinking Skills and Creativity. 22, 212-232.

Henriksen, D., Mishra, P., & Fisser, P. (2016). Infusing creativity and technology in 21st century education: a systemic view for change. Journal of Educational Technology & Society. 19(3), 27-37.

Henriksen, D., & Mishra, P. (2015). We teach who we are: Creativity in the lives and practices of accomplished teachers. Teachers College Record. (117)7. p. 1-46.

Summer 2022
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TEL 704Leadership for Org Change
TEL 710Innov Disseminating Res
TEL 780Practicum
Spring 2022
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TEL 705Systems Change and Leadership
TEL 712Mixed Methods Action Research
DCI 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 705Systems Change and Leadership
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 704Leadership for Org Change
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 705Systems Change and Leadership
TEL 710Innov Disseminating Res
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 705Systems Change and Leadership
TEL 710Innov Disseminating Res
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 704Leadership for Org Change
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 705Systems Change and Leadership
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
TEL 792Research
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 705Systems Change and Leadership
TEL 792Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 704Leadership for Org Change
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 705Systems Change and Leadership
TEL 712Mixed Methods of Inquiry
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 705Systems Change and Leadership
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
TEL 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 704Leadership for Org Change
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 705Systems Change and Leadership
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
TEL 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 705Systems Change and Leadership
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
TEL 792Research