Creative Problem Solving
Creative Problem Solving is a process that allows people to apply both creative and critical thinking to find solutions to everyday problems. Creative Problem Solving eliminates the tendency to approach problems in a haphazard manner and, consequently, prevents surprises and/or disappointment with the solution.
Used by thousands of group leaders seeking a friendly introduction to using Creative Problem Solving, this book is a time-honored classic. Creative Problem Solving: An Introduction is based on more than five decades of extensive research, development, and field experience in educational settings, businesses, and many other organizations.
Written for both group leaders and individuals seeking a systematic way to build innovative and effective solutions, Creative Problem Solving is perfect for any type of setting.
This definitive guide shows you how to find successful solutions to important challenges. Creative Problem Solving (CPS) can help your students to approach problems and deal with change in a deliberate and constructive way, building their confidence and success in working with complex issues.
This revised and updated fourth edition includes:
- easy-to-follow instructions for using Creative Problem Solving;
- practical tools for understanding the challenge, generating ideas, and preparing for action;
- expanded guidelines for planning your approach to Creative Problem Solving;
- strategies that ensure successful group dynamics;
- the latest trends in creative thinking and group problem solving; and
- practical suggestions for those new to Creative Problem Solving.
Table of Contents
List of Figures List of Tables Authors’ Foreword Preface Chapter 1: Introduction Creative and Critical Thinking Myths and Misconceptions Importance of Creativity Basic Guidelines Basic Tools Summary Chapter 2: CPS Overview CPS as a System for Solving Problems and Managing Change Summary Chapter 3: Planning Your Approach Appraising Tasks Designing Process Summary Chapter 4: Understanding the Challenge Constructing Opportunities Exploring Data Framing Problems Summary Chapter 5: Generating Ideas The Generating Phase Focusing Ideas Summary Chapter 6: Preparing for Action 63 Developing Solutions Building Acceptance Chapter 7: Applying CPS Debriefing What Contributes to Successful Group CPS Applications? Learning and Applying CPS in Many Settings Conclusion References
Donald J. Treffinger, Ph.D., was the president of the Center for Creative Learning in Sarasota, FL. He earned a master's degree and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from Cornell University. Treffinger previously has been a member of the faculty at Purdue University, the University of Kansas, and Buffalo State College. He now is a member of the Gifted Child Quarterly Advisory Board and has served as editor of that journal and as editor-in-chief of Parenting for High Potential, NAGC's quarterly magazine for parents.
Treffinger is the author of more than 350 articles, chapters, and books. He has written and conducted research on the nature, assessment, and nurture of creativity and Creative Problem Solving, as well as problem-solving styles, gifted education, and talent development. He has given presentations and workshops worldwide, and served as a consultant to numerous local, state, national, and international organizations. He has received the Distinguished Service Award and the E. Paul Torrance Creativity Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Creativity Research Award from the World Council on the Gifted and Talented, and the Risorgimenti Creativity Award from the Destination ImagiNation program.