Danah Henriksen

Assistant Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
3151
Asst Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
3151

Biography

Danah Henriksen researches the intersections and influences of creativity and technology on teaching, with a focus on 21st-century thinking and learning in the classroom. 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. This research examines the practices and thinking skills of accomplished teachers, through the lens of transdisciplinary creativity. It considers the confluence between personal and professional creativity, to consider how excellent teachers translate their personal interests and avocations into creative teaching practices.

Professor Henriksen’s current work and research interests focus on several strands of research related to creativity, teacher education, 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. Professor Henriksen considers design thinking for teacher education, using these cognitive processes to help teachers work through problems of practice in their own environments. She is currently 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. Professor 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.

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.

Courses

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
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 704Leadership for Org Change
TEL 780Practicum
TEL 791Seminar
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 705Systems Change and Leadership
TEL 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 711Strategies for Inquiry
TEL 791Seminar
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ECD 504Learning and Instruction
TEL 504Learning and Instruction
TEL 791Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 791Seminar