There is also a common misconception that critical and creative thinking are distinct from each other.
However, Critical Thinking requires some form as well as some level of creativity.
Some researchers can complicate an otherwise simple project by overthinking critical and pose questions when not required.
A mature Design Thinking researcher can be very expensive for a low budget small project.
Critical Thinking promotes independent and reflective thinking in the researcher to question and evaluate the solutions they have devised and reiterate for an optimum solution.
Effective use of this method ensures objectivity and therefore doesn’t leave much scope for biases.
Here, Critical Thinking is a part of every stage of the Design Thinking process.
Essentially, effective Design Thinking cannot take place in the absence of critical or creative thinking.
The framework and definitions were created to align with the learning outcomes and competencies of: Participates in service/volunteer activities characterized by reciprocity, engages in critical reflection, and appropriately challenges unfair and unjust behavior to make a positive difference in the community.
Most research methods require experienced or trained researchers to define the design specifications for a project.