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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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.
March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the goal of applying a more well-rounded, integrated approach to K-16 education, the concept of STE[+a]M(TM) seeks to meld left-brain convergent thinking with right-brain divergent thinking.
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.
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.
Convergent thinking then forces the user to determine the few key ideas or connections between ideas that solve the problem best.
Convergent thinking is similar to conventional notions of intelligence in which existing knowledge/information is synthesized to arrive at the single most appropriate answer.
For one thing, it's the author's on collection of challenging brainteasers designed to help readers train different areas of thinking, from special-vision to logic and convergent thinking, word power and math.
Convergent thinking focuses mainly on one narrow issue, while divergent thinking focuses on many possible issues.
Convergent thinking involves the inherent need to drive on to the solution of a problem, and it can involve a number of cognitive styles and tools, including morphological analysis, relevance trees, and value analysis, among others.