Contrast the role of productive thinking and structurally blind thinking in problem-solving.

In productive thinking is a process of solving a problem in such a way that the individual has increased his or her thinking and problem-solving ability. Instruction in productive thinking helps students develop the ability to problem solve and think critically, creatively, and logically. This sequence of ten strategies works to develop productive thinking, guiding and instructing students in ways to deepen their understanding of content by developing and applying the skills of productive thought.

In structurally blind thinking, since individuals do have a tendency to reproduce thinking appropriate for other situations, they need to think beyond t solution and look for unique solutions. It is a process in which a person will use their mind to analyze or study information. The information that is studied will typically be offered as something that is absolute. However, the person that is studying will reason on it in order to determine if they are in agreement with it.

  • Fact finding: Supplying the background as to why a situation might be a problem. This is a data search process.
  • Problem finding: Redefining a problem to its broadest perspective. Looking for sub problems which might be aspects or angles not previously seen.
  • Idea finding: Looking imaginatively, from various perspectives, for what might be possible solutions to the given problem, stressing quantify of ideas, building one idea from another.
  • Solution finding: Providing some selected criteria against which promising ideas may be judged and put into realistic perspective.
  • Acceptance finding: Considering why or how an idea might succeed or fail thus allowing for alteration before actually putting it to use.
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