Integrative Thinking vs Design Thinking. What’s the Difference?

A few weeks ago I had to pleasure of chatting with Jenn Chan host of This is Iterative, a podcast series exploring everything about design thinking and education. We chatted about the differences between Integrative and Design Thinking as well as about the impact both have had on my students.


  1. Hi Heidi,
    I have been reading more and more about integrative thinking, heard your podcast, and have done more reading now on Roger Martin and this fantastic model! I appreciate how much work you have already done with this, and I am very much looking foward to trying this model out with my own students. Thank you for sharing your voice and inspiring us to look at learning in new ways! I am very inspired:)

    1. Heidi Siwak

      Hi Deborah,
      Thank you for letting me know you are inspired by my work. I am so glad other educators are embracing integrative thinking! When I think of integrative thinking, I break it into 3 parts.
      1. The stance or attitude towards complexity.
      2. Tools for making thinking about the problem explicit.
      3. Mechanisms for getting to solution or resolving the tension.
      Let me know how it goes.

  2. I am now convinced that this is where we need to go with our students – toward new and innovative models of thinking – thinking skills are what students need to thrive and succeed for the present and future. I think I feel a blog post coming on:)

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