Theoretical Biomimetics: A biological design-driven concept for creative problem-solving as applied to the optimal sequencing of active learning techniques in educational theory

La Shun L. Carroll


The article introduces the author’s concept of applying principles of biological design to drive creative problem-solving.  It provides a brief background of the field of Biomimetics, which serves as a context for the reader to appreciate how it began with an established field upon which he constructed and adapted his concept to apply to human-made intangibles.  A discussion of Theoretical Biomimetics specifies the differences between it and its predecessor.  The final section provides the opportunity to see Theoretical Biomimetics in detail applied to education theory to address a problem related to student learning in higher education and how best to establish optimized sequences to implement evidence-based active-learning techniques to fill a void in the literature demonstrating from nature what has worked.  The originality lies in the author taking a multidisciplinary approach to synergize a sequence of existing active-learning techniques and apply them to a new area in a new way. 


Biomimetics; creative problem-solving; educational theory; active learning; teaching methodologies; pedagogy

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