convergent thinking


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convergent thinking

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(Psychology) psychol analytical, usually deductive, thinking in which ideas are examined for their logical validity or in which a set of rules is followed, e.g. in arithmetic
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Noun1.convergent thinking - thinking that brings together information focussed on solving a problem (especially solving problems that have a single correct solution)
cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought process, thought - the process of using your mind to consider something carefully; "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"
problem solving - the thought processes involved in solving a problem
divergent thinking, out-of-the-box thinking - thinking that moves away in diverging directions so as to involve a variety of aspects and which sometimes lead to novel ideas and solutions; associated with creativity
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Convergent thinking is the cognitive process of generating the single, correct idea or solution to a problem through eliminating and filtering out information (Kraft, 2005).
While divergent thinking involves producing multiple answers from available information, according to the authors, convergent thinking emphasizes on accuracy and logic.
Dancing with Ambiguity: Embracing the Tension Between Divergent and Convergent Thinking in Systems Engineering
Indeed, invention quality requires both divergent and convergent thinking (Cropley, 2006; Guilford, 1950), where divergent thinking involves generating different possible ideas and convergent thinking involves analyzing and combining different ideas to find the best idea (Guilford, 1950).
Divergent and critical thinking has to be encouraged than convergent thinking.
The relationship between divergent and convergent thinking, and how it is managed throughout the Creative Problem Solving process, is known as the "dynamic balance" in CPS.
1--Determination of rate of grade seven natural sciences book adaption to the mind functions' levels (cognitive memory, convergent thinking, divergent thinking and evaluator thought).
But they saw a decrease in tests measuring convergent thinking, a more linear method of arriving at one solution.
Performance, in this case, usually focuses on convergent thinking - the one right answer, obtained in a prescribed way.
Divergent thinking is creative in nature, while convergent thinking seeks the "right answer.
We need convergent thinking to learn facts, but we also need divergent thinking to encourage creativity and personal initiative with students.
These responsibilities can be divided in different manners, such as by differentiating among problem-finding and problem-solving tasks, or among divergent and convergent thinking aspects of a project.