ERIC Number: ED363572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Critical Thinking as Creativity. Resource Publication Series 4 No. 5.
Creative thinking and critical thinking are often thought of as two distinct, separate processes; however, each is a necessary component of the other. The challenge of critical thinking as creativity is to identify and transcend the nonessential criteria associated with the domain in which the critical thinking is exercised while not abandoning essential criteria. Analogical reasoning and metaphorical thinking are important to creative thinking. In the conception of critical thinking as creativity, emphasis is placed on discovering new ideas and the connections among them. Creative work often involves detachment, reflection, ambiguity, and risk. Suggestions for fostering creativity as critical thinking in school settings include having students collaborate on group projects, incorporating metaphors into the educational process, and using students' curiosity as a starting point for projects and tasks. Teachers can model the creative process themselves in addition to encouraging it in students. Professional development activities may be useful in helping teachers to develop creative thinking in themselves and insight into the creative process. (Contains 16 references.) (IAH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ. Inst. for Critical Thinking.
Note: For other documents in this series, see SO 023 598-599.