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Practice Problems for Creative Problem Solving [Paperback]

Donald Treffinger Ph.D.
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January 1, 2000 1882664647 978-1882664641
This book includes 50 situations that present interesting opportunities and challenges to stimulate students' creative and critical thinking. The brief, practical, everyday situations provide motivating starting points for practicing Creative Problem Solving with groups of many ages.

These problems were designed to represent a variety of different tasks or challenges in an open-ended, invitational format that we describe informally as a "Messy Situation." These Messy Situations, like many of life's everyday opportunities and challenges, take a variety of forms, sizes, and shapes. They might concern a variety of situations in which people find themselves day in and day out. Thus, some of the Messy Situations in this book are people tasks (that is, situations involving the interactions or relationships among people). Others are planning tasks (that is, concerning more effective ways of organizing or managing a situation), and yet others are product tasks (that is, challenges that call for designing, inventing, or producing a new product of some kind).

Each of these one-page problems can help students learn and apply CPS components, stages, and tools in an engaging and enjoyable way. Choose the problems that are best suited to your group's interests and needs. The challenges in Practice Problems for Creative Problem Solving and several helpful worksheets are reproducible for classroom use.

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About the Author

Dr. Donald J. Treffinger is the president of the Center for Creative Learning in Sarasota, FL. He earned a master's degree and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Cornell University. Don has previously been a member of the faculty at Purdue University, the University of Kansas, and Buffalo State College. He is now 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.

Don 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 in the areas of problem-solving style, 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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882664647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882664641
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exercises to group by. March 4, 2009
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This book has a lot of good exercises that can be used in many different situations. The best thing about the exercises in this book is that they cover many different types of situations and groups of people. You should be able to find effective exercises for almost any workshop you will need to have.
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I haven't used this yet, as the situations are pretty contrived. I don't think it's a good fit for kids on a regular basis- my classes would be bored at getting "worksheets" all the time, and there is little guidance as to how kids should respond to the "messy situations". I might make copies of a few situations for substitutes. Ironically, this book does not seem to be put together very creatively!
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