Creative and Critical Thinking Strategies

Don Ambrose

Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA

This workshop will give participants experiences with a variety of creative and critical thinking strategies that can motivate students and work teams while strengthening the chances that new, better ideas will emerge. This is a participant-centered workshop so you will get to use and experience the strategies while considering how you might employ them in your work setting. After a description of the nature and purpose of each strategy we will follow its step-by-step procedure to use it with one or more concepts, problems, or issues. We also will analyze the creative and critical thinking you engaged in during your experience with each strategy. The strategies include creative association inventing, macroproblem analysis, metapattern analysis, chaos-complexity-order analysis, jurisprudential synthesis, integrative arrays, worldview analysis, intellectual spectrum analysis, contextual intelligence analysis, visual metaphor, and integrative 2-D and 3-D graphic models, among others.