Sunday, December 2, 2012

Differences and Similarities

Now that we know what critical thinking and creative problem solving are, what is the difference between them? These terms are often used interchangeably, but it is important to understand the nuances.

After reading Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 of Understanding Creativity: The Interplay of Biological, Psychological, and Social Factors, I've come up with my personal list.


1. Creative problem solving usually resolves in something considered new or unusual as a solution

2. Critical thinking does not necessary result into a definite solution

3. Critical thinking sometimes is implemented so that multiple, many solutions are created


1. Both require elevated processes of thinking and a choice/ability to think harder or 'outside of the box'

2. Both require a base of knowledge and practice to develop

3. Both are influenced from outside sources (environment, various institutions, family, etc.) 

Dacey, J., & Lennon, K. (1998). Understanding creativity: The interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 

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