ERIC Number: ED317446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Creative Problem Solving in the Classroom.
Ayers, Samuel J.
Second and third grade students used the creative problem solving strategy developed by Sidney Parnes and Alex Osborn in their social studies classes. The second graders, finding few biographies written for students reading on a first or second grade level, interviewed community members, collected photographs of them, and wrote their biographies, which were placed in the school library. The third graders, studying political elections, became concerned about the lack of an acceptable description for the terms leader and leadership. They conducted a survey of recognized leaders in the community and state, identified common characteristics of these terms as described by the respondents, and recorded their conclusions for the benefit of themselves and other students in the school. The steps in the creative problem solving strategy are: (1) identifying a problem, (2) gathering information concerning the problem, (3) finding components of the problem, (4) brainstorming possible solutions to the selected problem, (5) finding solutions, and (6) justifying a solution and developing a course of action. This step by step process is slow at the onset, but students find the process exciting and challenging. In addition, the strategy can be used by students across the curriculum and in real life situations. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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