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ERIC Number: EJ1157137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
SCAMPER and Creative Problem Solving in Political Science: Insights from Classroom Observation
Radziszewski, Elizabeth
Journal of Political Science Education, v13 n3 p308-316 2017
This article describes the author's experience using SCAMPER, a creativity-building technique, in a creative problem-solving session that was conducted in an environmental conflict course to generate ideas for managing postconflict stability. SCAMPER relies on cues to help students connect ideas from different domains of knowledge, explore random combinations between ideas in the same area and reduce mental blocks. Insights from classroom observation show SCAMPER's utility in helping students formulate novel ideas and encourage divergent thinking and classroom participation. Combining SCAMPER with another session designed to evaluate the ideas' logical connection to the problem is likely to maximize the students' ability to deliver both original and relevant ideas. SCAMPER is a promising tool that instructors could use to develop their students' creative problem-solving skills to tackle policy challenges across different subfields in political science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
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