Clustering is used to organize and analyse large numbers of ideas by categorising them. By organising and reorganising ideas, students gain a better appreciation of, and dialogue about, their ideas. As students create idea clusters, new contexts and connections among themes emerge.
Because data is presented visually, the method is particularly suited for group work where students assemble and optimise idea clusters together.
The method can be used post ideation. (couple with a search for idea generation methods)
The exercise will generate categories that students can add to and develop further and finally, use to pluck individual ideas from. (couple with a search for idea selection methods)