Creative thinking is on the other hand thinking that

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Creative thinking is on the other hand thinking that produces the material that critical thinking evaluates. It is generative thinking. The human mind has two phases of thinking operations. One phase creative thinking produces ideas while the other phase- critical thinking judges them. Creative people are dynamic, daring,resourceful, independent and hard working. These characteristics enable them to solve problems in unacceptable situation that challenge thinking without having any apparent ready way out. The two phases of critical and creative thinking (CCT) are intertwined. The thinking moves back and forth especially in the process of solving a problem each phase reinforcing the other. When critical thinking judges that something wants in what is generated by creative thinking, further generation is called forth to improve the situation. This goes on and on many times. This continuous alternating activity between critical and creative thinking is especially important in intellectual matters where excellence is the goal. CCT aims at realizing intellectual standards such as clarity, accuracy, relevance, precision, depth, breadth and logically. It also strives to cultivate such intellectual traits as integrity, open-mindedness, fair mindedness, humility, empathy, perseverance and faith in reason. CCT also attempts to develop reasoning skills such as clarification by use of analogies, elaboration, producing examples and illustration; relating ideas such as cause and consequences, parts and wholes to make connections that enable us to make responsible decisions and judgements. It is, for instance, important to be conscious of the fact that our decisions can initiate causal chains with far reaching consequences affecting not only ourselves but also the whole of the society of which we are only part. CCT is also a good tool to enable us to make distinctions where differences exist. We need, for instance, to distinguish between rote-memorization from long term memory which constitutes the story of who we are to give us our unique identity as individual human persons. NOTE: Criticality and creativity are but two sides of the same thinking coin. Neither can exist without the other.
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QUESTION: How does critical and creative thinking (CCT) add quality to learning? ACTIVITY: Explain critical and creative thinking (CCT) and relate it to understanding. SUMMARY: We have in this lesson clarified critical and creative thinking (CCT), acknowledged it as the essence of philosophy and contextualized it (CCT) in education as the central source of good quality. We have traced development of rationality and conscience in an individual human person to recognize their contribution in transforming him/her from dependency to autonomy as an individual thinking being at a higher level. We have observed that CCT does facilitate learner's empowerment to become judicious and a better problem solver.
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