A well-researched six-view “thinking hats” process can enhance a diverse team’s capacity to imagine, think creatively, improvise, and innovate.
After presenting a problem to be solved, the educator leads students through a creative problem-solving process that uses predetermined student roles representing various points of view. This activity can be conducted in small groups or during whole-group instruction.
The creative problem-solving process can be enhanced by ensuring that a diversity of views or “thinking hats” (from Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats) are represented on the problem-solving team. These “hats” include:
Although creative problem-solving strategies may differ depending on the type of problem, research has shown that including a diversity of perspectives helps elicit more creative approaches to the problem; teams selected for their diverse perspectives and backgrounds create more innovative and out-of-box solutions to problems.
Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1, 3, and 4 and a “Yes” for Part 2.
(200-word limit for each response)
Please submit work examples from two students (such as links to writing, audio, images, video, and other media) that demonstrate progress toward the creative problem-solving competency, including such items as evidence of discussions on the kinds of thinking that increase innovative solutions to problems, results of brainstorming sessions, examples of the interactions between the “six hat” roles, evidence of the innovative solutions created, examples discussions of the lessons learned from the activities, and other examples.
For the two students whose work examples were included above, submit student-created reflections on the creative problem-solving activities they experienced. Use the following questions as a guide (200-word limit):
Provide a reflection on what you learned, using the following questions as a guide (200-word limit):
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