Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York
October 26, 2018
October 26, 2018
October 27, 2018
We usually define problem solving as an analytical or a procedural approach. I n a nutshell, problem solving involves defining the problem, setting performance metrics, establishing constraints, generating alternatives, and evaluating these alternatives. This approach almost exclusively employs left-brain thinking modes that rely on analytical thinking. However, creative problem solving is about insight and creating connections among concepts, some of which may appear unrelated. It relies on flexible and dynamic mental processes that use the whole-brain. It demands divergence from the usual patterns of thinking. Creative problem solving is also cooperative in nature, and it is most effective when it is done as a team. This interactive mini workshop aims to improve creative problem solving skills by reducing mental blocks to creative thinking using some exercises. Because such mental blocks are inherent to the human nature, it is usually difficulty to avoid them. First, several mental blocks to creativity will be discussed. Then, basic techniques are presented to minimize the negative effects of mental blocks on creative problem solving.
Kulturel-Konak, S., & Konak, A. (2018, October), Developing A Creative Mindset Paper presented at 2018 Mid Atlantic Section Fall Meeting, Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York, New York. https://peer.asee.org/31447
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