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ERIC Number: EJ861635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
Idea Focusing versus Idea Generating: A Course for Teachers on Inventive Problem Solving
Barak, Moshe
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v46 n4 p345-356 Nov 2009
This paper deals with a course intended to teach individuals a method of convergent thinking, or "idea focusing", in seeking inventive solutions to problems and designing innovative artefacts. The course participants (mathematics, science, or technology teachers) learned a range of "inventive principles" often used for problem-solving in scientific and technological environments. The research method combined quantitative and qualitative methods, such as observations, pre-post course quizzes, and interviews, aimed at collecting as much information as possible on students' activities, achievements, and attitudes during the course. The results indicated that the participants gradually increased their confidence in utilising the method and combined several techniques in solving a problem. They also increasingly recognised that many inventive ideas are based on simple principles that can be learned and applied in diverse contexts. The question of introducing the learning of inventive problem-solving into the school curriculum, however, requires additional research. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A