Crucial Creativity: The Case for Cultivating Divergent Thinking in Classrooms

“Divergent thinking” was a term coined by psychologist J.P. Guilford in 1967. Guilford was an early proponent of the idea that intelligence is not a unitary concept, as many after him, like Howard Gardner, would also propose. Guilford was particularly interested in the fact that many creative people scored lower on standard IQ tests. He… Read More Crucial Creativity: The Case for Cultivating Divergent Thinking in Classrooms

Make Them Scientists – Redirecting the Science Instruction Paradigm

Critical thinking and problem solving, in all fields of study, often requires looking at an old problem in a new way. The ability to observe a phenomenon with fresh eyes is a key first step in divergent or “out-of-box” thinking, which is, in turn, essential for innovation. These skills are especially important in STEM fields,… Read More Make Them Scientists – Redirecting the Science Instruction Paradigm