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ERIC Number: EJ1058717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-2368-4526
All in the Same Direction, All at the Same Time: An Approach to Enhancing Creativity
Grove-White, Annie
Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v4 p7-13 2011
This paper proposes that given today's "wicked" problems (Malhotra, 1997), where there are complex issues with no clear answers, where boundaries are fuzzy and the outcome is usually never known and unexpected, creativity can be enhanced, at appropriate moments, by making modes of thinking explicit. Using a particular heuristic approach known as the "Six Thinking Hats" (de Bono, 1990), in group critiques and tutorials, students are empowered to suspend judgement at critical moments in a project, and thus, enhance their creativity. Furthermore this approach promotes confidence, openness, and trust such that students speak up more and participate fully, contributing to their peers as well as developing their own ability for self-reflection.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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