Creative Thinking

Creative Problem Solving engages divergent and convergent processes

Divergent Thinking - involves brain storming; numerous ideas are proposed without judgment.

Convergent Thinking - provides reasons and cites proofs to support ideas or possible solutions.

See "Creative Problem Solving CPS" in the footer section under Lesson Development

Online Sources

http://www.ideaconnection.com/thinking-methods/creative-problem-solving-00009.html

http://www.ideaconnection.com/thinking-methods/

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/summer08/vol65/num09/Preparing-Creative-and-Critical-Thinkers.aspx

http://www.veanea.org/home/1255.htm

http://litemind.com/scamper/

Research Citations

Fletcher, T. (2011). Creative thinking in schools: finding the "just right" challenge for students. Gifted Child Today, 34(2), 37-42.
Hummell, L. (2006). Synectics for creative thinking in technology education. Technology Teacher, 66(3), 22-27.
Riley, T. L., & Karnes, F. A. (2005). Problem-solving competitions: just the solution!. Gifted Child Today, 28(4), 31-37.

Open Ended Divergent Thinking: Essential questions and creative thinking processes involve open ended thinking.

Research Citations

Kwon, O., Park, J., & Park, J. (2006). Cultivating divergent thinking in mathematics through an open-ended approach. Asia Pacific Education Review, 7(1), 51-61.

McKnight, A., & Mulligan, J. (2010). Teaching early mathematics "smarter not harder": using open-ended tasks to build models and construct patterns. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 15(3), 4-9.

Ronsheim, M. L., Pregnall, A., Schwarz, J., Schlessman, M. A., & Raley-Susman, K. M. (2009). Teaching outside the can: a new approach to introductory biology. Bioscene: Journal Of College Biology Teaching, 35(1) 12-22.



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