ERIC Number: ED272271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May-30
Reference Count: 0
Reflections on Reflective Abstractions in Creative Thinking.
Cohen, Leonora Marx
This report proposes a modification of Jean Piaget's concept of "creative abstraction," the mechanism of creative thought, which develops both intelligence and creative ideas. By reflecting on one's actions and the coordinations of actions, the individual constructs new relationships, links, rules, or correspondences between and among them. Reflective abstraction is important both in the growth and development of young children and in the creative work of adults. The report finds fault with Piaget's description of this mechanism in that it does not conceptualize the process sufficiently for either research or educational purposes. The paper also outlines the correspondences between models for creative problem-solving drawn from other research and reflective abstraction and amends Piaget's "dual process of reflecting and reflection" by hypothesizing that reflective abstraction is a six-step process. This model of the reflective process is presented from the beginning, when an individual becomes aware of a problem, through the final resolution of the problem. Finally, the report illustrates the workings of reflective abstraction with reference to the creative work of scientists and artists. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Jean Piaget Society Symposium (16th, Philadelphia, PA, May 29-31, 1986).