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ERIC Number: EJ877239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0196-5042
Problem Solving Style, Creative Thinking, and Problem Solving Confidence
Houtz, John C.; Selby, Edwin C.
Educational Research Quarterly, v33 n1 p18-30 Sep 2009
Forty-two undergraduate and graduate students completed VIEW: An Assessment of Problem Solving Style, the non-verbal Torrance Test Thinking Creatively with Pictures, and the Problem Solving Inventory (PSI). VIEW assesses individuals' orientation to change, manner of processing, and ways of deciding, while the Torrance test measures several productivity measures, notably ideational fluency. The non-verbal form also yields one "process" score: resistance to closure. Finally, the Problem Solving Inventory measures individuals' confidence in and affective control of their problem solving process, plus an indication whether an "approach" or "avoidant" style is characteristic. Consistent with VIEW theory, there was no relationship between actual creative thinking production and problem solving style. However, VIEW scores of orientation to change (OC) and ways of deciding (WD) were correlated significantly with the Torrance measure of resistance to closure. On VIEW, Explorers (OC) and Person-oriented deciders (WD) were more resistant to closure. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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