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How logical and creative problem solving applied to generalized real-world situations? References Needed.

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Discuss a research-guided hypothesis of how creative problem solving could be applied as a tool to improve learning. References Needed.

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(1) How logical and creative problem solving applied to generalized real-world situations?

One working definition of creativity is that it is the process of producing something that is original, worthwhile, and the "something" can take many forms (Sternberg, 2006). According to Sternberg, when people have new ideas, and then use their reasoning skills to analyze those ideas to arrive at solutions (p. 435) He presents research on early work creative contributions in problem solving using the concepts of domain generality versus domain specificity. Domain generality focused on solving a broad array of problems. Domain specificity called attention to the need for a broad knowledge based to problem solving. Research suggests that creative thinking is a combination of flexibility thinking.

On the other hand, problem solving is considered to be the most significant cognitive ability in ever day life (Friedich & Mumford, 2009). They assert that creative problem-solving is typically studies as an isolated phenomenon. However, Freidich and Mumford point out that in real-world settings events occur as people try to generate creative solutions to their problems. Thus, some of the creativity might contribute to the problem solution, while others might inhibit creative thought. In their study, they examined the real-world situation regarding how information is conflicted based on the manner in which it is presented (either abstract or specific), or the content of information (e.g., goals versus causes). A sample (N=245) of undergraduates students were recruited to work on a marketing problem that considered creativity thinking, This conflicting information was introduced at different points. It was found that presentation conflicting ...

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