Solving                                         Problem                                                             Creati...
Best known group problem solving methods    Osborn-Parnes CPS (Parnes, 1967)          Synectics (Gordon, 1961)           T...
Basadur’s Simplex creative problem solving method
Simplified Basadur’s creative problem   The four-step         solving method                  method
93 Students                                     METHODMethod                   Groups                   Students          ...
Table 1 – Mean differences and its significance level, before and after CPS sessions, in the factors “Avoiding concentrati...
Table 2 - Mean differences and significance levels, before and after CPS sessions, between factors “ Affective commitment”...
Table 3 – Mean differences and significance levels of the average ratings of judges to the output criteria of Originality,...
STUDENT EVALUATIONS
•   Creative problem solving methods proved to be able to provide    effectiveness in changing individuals’ attitudes towa...
•   Subjects’ evaluations leads us to conclude that the difference between methods    may not be only its duration but its...
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Challenging different Creative Problem Solving (CPS) processes as to its effectiveness

Fernando C. Sousa
Ileana P. Monteiro


IV Colóquio de Psicologia

INUAF, 23 de Março 2012

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  1. 1. Solving Problem Creative Challenging different Creative Problem Solving (CPS) processes as to its effectiveness Fernando C. Sousa Ileana P. MonteiroIV Colóquio de PsicologiaINUAF, 23 de Março 2012
  2. 2. Best known group problem solving methods Osborn-Parnes CPS (Parnes, 1967) Synectics (Gordon, 1961) TRIZ (Altshuller, 1996) Soft Systems (Checkland & Poulter, 2006)De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats (De Bono, 1965)
  3. 3. Basadur’s Simplex creative problem solving method
  4. 4. Simplified Basadur’s creative problem The four-step solving method method
  5. 5. 93 Students METHODMethod Groups Students University Facilitator A--------------B A--------------B5 steps/8 hours 3 32 1--------------2 1---------------1,24 steps/4 hours 3 30 2-------------1 1,2------------2Control 3 31 2-------------1 -Instruments O1 (observation before) to O2 (observation after)A 14-item questionnaire( Basadur, Pringle, Speranzini, & Bacot, 2000) - Preference for avoiding premature closure[AW1] anddeferring judgement,A 14-item team commitment[AW2] questionnaire (Almeida, Faísca, & Jesus, 2007)At the end of the last session, participants were asked to evaluate the process and write their opinion about it.Three judges independently evaluated the problem definition, solution and/or action plan of each group, against three criteria(Besemer & Quin, 1987): originality, resolution and elaboration, and the Interrater Reliability Index (IRI)[AW3] was calculated.
  6. 6. Table 1 – Mean differences and its significance level, before and after CPS sessions, in the factors “Avoiding concentratingonly in idea quality”, and “Deferral of judgement” Divergent thinking factorsCondition Moment N Avoiding concentrating only Deferral of judgement in idea quality Before the sessions 2.31 3.59 After the sessions8h 32 2.71 3.89 Sig. .00 .00 Before the sessions 2.18 3.80 After the sessions4h 30 2.40 3.82 Sig. .00 .81 Before the sessions 2.40 3.79 After the sessionsControl 31 2.51 3.77 Sig. .19 .75
  7. 7. Table 2 - Mean differences and significance levels, before and after CPS sessions, between factors “ Affective commitment”,“Normative commitment” and “Instrumental commitment” Commitment factors Condition Moment N Affective commitment Normative commitment Instrumental commitment Before the sessions 4,30 5,44 3.99 8h After the sessions 32 4,45 5,67 4,21 Sig. .05 .08 .08 Before the sessions 4.28 4.56 3.36 4h After the sessions 30 4.56 5.00 3.77 Sig. .00 .01 .01 Before the sessions 3.73 4.68 3.01 Controlo After the sessions 31 4.00 4.71 3.13 Sig. .13 .89 .61
  8. 8. Table 3 – Mean differences and significance levels of the average ratings of judges to the output criteria of Originality,Resolution and Usefulness, in each condition (N=93). Rating criteriaCondition Elaboration Originality Resolution Total 4h 2.9 3.7 3.7 3.4 8h 3.5 3.8 4.0 3.8 Control 1.8 2.2 2.2 2.1 Significance .01 .01 .00 .00Scheffe test: All groups differ to p<.01 in Originality, and the Control group differs from the others to p<.01 inevery criteriaInterrater Reliability Index .85
  9. 9. STUDENT EVALUATIONS
  10. 10. • Creative problem solving methods proved to be able to provide effectiveness in changing individuals’ attitudes towards divergent thinking, namely by avoiding premature closure, acceptance of other’s ideas and less self-censorship.• The methods are able to provide team commitment, especially of the emotional type.• The subjects also agreed as to the methods’ capability in providing a professional, efficient way of organizing knowledge in such a way that can help individuals to find original solutions to problems, and an important instrument to lead teams to creativity and innovation.• As to the differences between the five-step/eight-hour CPS method, and the four-step/four-hour method, one does not lose effectiveness just by reducing the method’s duration, even when cutting the time in a half.
  11. 11. • Subjects’ evaluations leads us to conclude that the difference between methods may not be only its duration but its entire conception.• The reduction of the importance of the method, now simplified in just two steps (problem finding and action planning), increases the probability that the organization may adopt the method as a way of working, the only difficulty being the facilitation skills needed.• The need for previous training in CPS and the importance of problem definition are not imperatives• About future research, the “great secret” still lies outside the method, either in team composition or in what happens during the execution of the action plan, where ideas are implemented

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