ERIC Number: ED082410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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Imagination Unlimited: A Guide for Creative Problem Solving, Upper Elementary Summer School.
Cleveland Public Schools, OH. Div. of Major Work Classes.
The guide gives procedures for helping gifted upper elementary school students in Major Work classes utilize their imagination. Appropriate literary quotes introduce a discussion on creativity, which involves the imaginative recombination of known ideas into something new. Considered are obstacles that work against creativity such as mental laziness, fear of being different, and inadequate motivation. Suggested for teachers to help students use imagination to solve problems are procedures such as establishing an environment of freedom or encouraging self-initiated learning. The creative thinking process is described to consist of defining a problem, collecting data on the problem, and analyzing facts for the fact finding component; producing ideas, incubating ideas, and forcing different relationships on habitual relationships to develop ideas; and evaluating and adopting ideas to seek solutions. A hypothetical problem of a student who dreads classroom elections because she might not be chosen is presented. The first worksheet contains eight facts on the problem, possible sources, and results. The next worksheet lists questions that might define the problem. On the third worksheet the student circles 16 of 27 ideas that might lead to a solution. The fourth worksheet contains a matrix listing previous ideas according to criteria and decision for present or future use. The last worksheet shows nine ways to carry out the idea of making more friends. Sample problems significant to personal relationships, literature, science, social studies, and general situations; a fact finding worksheet; and techniques for producing ideas are provided. (MC)
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Authoring Institution: Cleveland Public Schools, OH. Div. of Major Work Classes.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Cleveland)