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ERIC Number: ED061140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 7
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Synectics: An Explanation of the Process and Some Comments on its Application in the Secondary School.
Marran, James F.; Rogan, Donald V.
Synectics is a method of creative problem solving through the use of metaphor and apparent irrelevancy developed by William J. J. Gordon. The process involves rational knowledge of the problem to be solved, irrational improvisations that lead to fertile associations creating new approaches to the problem, and euphoric state that is essential in the process of creative genius. Applying synectics to social problems leads to model construction but not actual problem solving. Synectics has significant applications on all secondary school grade levels in that it provides a well structured methodology for developing both creative and critical thought processes to students who must operate effectively in a society oriented to problem stating and problem solving. In Gordon's book, Synectics, the trend of his illustrations is almost totally industrial-pragmatic. A final chapter however, "Social Applications," suggests non-technological utilization of synectic processes: 1) establishment of a school think group made up of faculty, administration, and custodial staff; and, 2) use of synectic techniques in an experimental senior level course. (Author)
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