Children lose creativity as they grow, despite the fact that creative expression can be fun, motivating and help solve challenging problems. Many children don't recognise or appreciate to acknowledge problems as challenges, which they can solve. Most of the time they are reluctant to explore possible solutions.
Perhaps they find it difficult to look for solutions and tackle something in a unique or original way. This lack of confidence might impact their decision making, as they will not invest time, effort or patience that is required to explore for solutions. Children could be worried or nervous about uncharted routes. Therefore they may prefer to play it safe, or to take a path of less resistance.
Hence they may choose not to tap their ability to proactively solving problems. (And, yes, ability to proactively solve problems is a choice. Children decide whether or not to engage in activities, including discovery, imaginative play, inquiry, and brainstorming.)
Joy Paul Guilford, an American psychologist, coined the term "convergent production and divergent production". Let's understand these abilities of solving problems:
We require these methods for us to do well in various tasks, we often need to use these opposite mental processes in conjunction. When faced with a problem, we need to explore differing options (divergence). Afterwards, we narrow down our choices and decide on the "best" solution (convergence).
It refers to figuring out a certain established solution to a problem. This is often employed in structured assessments such as multiple-choice items, identification, and arithmetic problems.
The characteristics of convergent thinking comprise the following:
Divergent production is our ability to explore several solutions to a certain problem.
The characteristics of divergent thinking involve the following:
Dr. Mary Meeker - Founder of SOI Systems, has designed a program to provide youngsters with an opportunity to break away from conventional restrictions on their thinking. Each activity in the program is designed to promote one or more abilities. The activities are also classified according to (1) the types of information involved in each exercise (figural, symbolic, semantic) and (2) the ways that information is organized in each exercise (units, classes, relations, systems, transformations and implications.
We focus on the abilities needed for successful learning. Our goal is to develop the lifelong learning abilities that you need to in order to be successful in school, your career, and life in general. The SOI process is simple: assess, identify, and train. We have testing and training materials available for ages five to adult.