Ideas and critical thinking
A 12-step guide to teaching/learning creative innovation

Steps 1 - 12 areas follows:

  1. Define your problem.*
  2. Define and visualize the ideal solution.
  3. Gather the facts: specific and general.
  4. Break the pattern
  5. Go outside your own field.
  6. Try new combinations.
  7. Use all your senses.
  8. Switch off let it simmer.
  9. Use music or nature to relax.
  10. Sleep on it.
  11. Eureka! It pops out.
  12. Recheck it.
* Note: You can reverse steps 1 and 2.

This 12-step checklist is from the "poster page" that introduces the chapter on creative thinking in 1999's best-selling book, The Learning Revolution, by Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos.

"Amazingly," they say at the start of the chapter, "the most important 'subject' of all it now taught at most schools: how to invent your own future, how to create new ideas.

Yet the world today needs a diet of revolutionary new ideas as it never has before."

As Roderic Gorney says in The Human Agenda: "For the first time in our two million or more years we have the possibility of enough to go around." But most of the world's political leaders are driving into that future through a rear-vision mirror fixed on a bygone era.

While most readers will find the total chapter enthralling, teachers and those interested in schooling can perhaps learn most from the co-authors' suggestions to apply the 12-step checklist to rethinking the future of education and schooling.


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