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Divergent Thinking Creativity

By Hyeri Park

Definition of Divergent Thinking

Why is Divergent Thinking important?

Developing Creative Thinking

Developing creativity by nurturing D.T

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Divergent thinking

Definition

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Divergent thinking represents the potential for creative thinking and problem solving. It is not synonymous with actual creative behavior but has proven to be a good estimate of it. It is also useful as a construct or empirical research on creativity and in various applied settings. - Encyclopedia of Creativity -

Convergent Thinking vs. Divergent Thinking

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Why is Divergent ThinkingImportant?

Why is Divergent Thinking important?

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SolvesOpen-endedproblemsPromotesFlexibility &OriginalityOvercomesMental fixationFostersCritical thinking

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Divergent Thinking Techniques

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Brainstorming

Six Thinking Hats

SCAMPER

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Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a group creativity technique by which a group tries to find a solution for a specific problem by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously generated by its members. Brainstorming was developed and coined by Alex Faickney Osborn in 1953 in the book Applied Imagination.

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Brainstorming

Postpone and withhold your judgment of ideas. Encourage wild and exaggerated ideas. Quantity counts at this stage, not quality.

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Build on the ideas put forward by others.

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Every person and every idea has equal worth.

5Infinite Innovations Ltd. Rules of Brainstorming

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SCAMPER

SCAMPER : a technique people can use to spark their creativity and help them overcome any challenge they may be facing.

Substitute

Combine Adapt Put to other use Modify/Minify Eliminate Rearrange/Reverse SCAMPER

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SCAMPER

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Six Thinking Hats

Six Thinking Hats : is a simple, effective parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved. And once learned, the tools can be applied immediately!

Videos featuring Six Hats Presentationhttp://www.debonogroup.com/video_4.php

Videos featuring Edward de Bono Creative Thinkinghttp://www.debonogroup.com/video_2.php

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6 thinking hats- Edward De Bono

Six Thinking Hats Information Thinking about thinking Feelings Benefits Judgement Creativity

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Applying Divergent Thinking to math class

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Question:

Do you think math class always involves convergent thinking?

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Math

No! Math can also apply other domains.

Science

Social science

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How can we apply Divergent Thinking if the math unit is Data analysis and Probability ?

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After learning basic concepts of this unit, Do the activities which can foster students creativity through divergent thinking.

Suggested Activity 1 : Let students search any data and graph used in our society.Students can find them in newspapers, magazines, and internet news.Through this activity, students will learn how math subject applies to other fields.

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Apply the knowledge in science!

Suggested Activity 2 : Let students have a scientific experiment, for example, physical and chemical changes in a science lab. Then students will make a data table and a graph based on the result.Through this activity, students can learn how they can record the data and make graphs.

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My Data Project

Suggested Activity 3 : Let students design their own data project. Through this activity, students will learn how they can collect data and make different kinds of graphs.This activity, in particular, fosters students creativity.

Applying Divergent Thinking to math class

Related books or articles

Bell, B. (2007). Finding Meaning (3rd ed.). Portland, Oregon: Blue Fox Communications.Holliday, K. (1998). Modeling divergent thinking through picture books. Roeper Review .John, B. (1993). Creativity and Divergent Thinking: A Task-Specific Approach. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.Meyerhoff, M. (2008). Convergent versus divergent thinking. (Perspectives on Parenting)(Report). Pediatrics for Parents. Runco, M. A. (1993). Divergent Thinking, Creativity, and Giftedness. Gifted Child Quarterly.Runco, M. A. (2001). Flexibility and originality in childrens divergent thinking. The Journal of Psychology. Starko, A. (2005). Creativity in the classroom- Schools of Curious Delight-. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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