Discussion: Defining Critical and Creative Thinking
Many people will say, “I’m not a creative person,” or, “I wish I had that type of creativity,” but everyone can be creative. Did you ever play with a cardboard box or a stick in the yard as a child, seeing endless possibilities instead of the objects before you? Even simple tasks such as planning a party, getting your child to bed on time, or cooking a meal can present numerous opportunities for creative thinking. And similar to critical thinking, you can also cultivate creative thinking skills.
For this Discussion, you will provide your own definition of critical and creative thinking, as well as describe examples of these types of thinking in the workplace.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review this week’s Learning Resources, focusing on critical and creative thinking.
- Review the Academic Writing Expectations for 2000/3000-Level Courses, provided in this week’s Learning Resources.
By Day 3
Post a 150- to 225-word (2- to 3-paragraph) explanation of creative and critical thinking. In your explanation, include the following:
- Define critical thinking and creative thinking.
- Describe at least one example in which critical thinking or creative thinking was used to solve a problem in the workplace. Be sure to include the details of the problem and the impact of the solution.
- To support your response, be sure to reference at least one properly cited scholarly source.
By Day 5
Respond with at least 75 words (1 paragraph) each to two or more of your colleagues’ postings by doing one of the following:
- Share an insight about what you learned from having read your colleague’s definition of critical thinking and creative thinking.
- Offer insights on additional problems that could have occurred if the solution had not been implemented.
- Offer additional suggestions for how the problem could have been solved using critical or creative thinking.