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Lateral thinking

  1. 1. Lateral ThinkingDevelop an enhanced range of thinking skills in Design and Technology activities (LO A2, B2 & B5). Student Survey Session 9: Week 18
  2. 2. • The "nine dots" puzzle. The goal of the puzzle is to link all 9 dots using four straight lines or fewer, without lifting the pen and without tracing the same line more than once.
  3. 3. Thinking outside the box (or thinking beyond the box) is to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking. The term is thought to derive from management consultants in the 1970s and 1980s challenging their clients to solve the "nine dots" puzzle, whose solution requires some lateral thinking.Wikepedia, 2012. Thinking outside the box [online]. Available at: [25/11/2012].
  4. 4. Lateral thinking• thinking outside the box• limitations (traditional critical thinking)• disrupt the dominant patterns
  5. 5. A "po" is an idea which moves thinking forward to a new place fromwhere new ideas or solutions may be found. The term was created byEdward de Bono as part of a lateral thinking technique to suggestforward movement, that is, making a statement and seeing where itleads to. It is an extraction from words such as hypothesis, suppose,possible and poetry, all of which indicate forward movement andcontain the syllable "po." Po can be taken to refer to any of thefollowing: provoking operation, provocative operation or provocationoperation. Also, in ancient Polynesian and the Maori, the word "po"refers to the original chaotic state of formlessness, from whichevolution occurred. Edward de Bono argues that this context as wellapplies to the term. Wikepedia, 2012. Po (lateral thinking) [online]. Available at: [25/11/2012].
  6. 6. • Lateral thinking, (literally, sideways thinking)• Value
  7. 7. • Education• Need to make mistakes
  8. 8. • How do you teach pupils to see that mistakes are good - in a society that puts great value on not making mistakes?
  9. 9. Walk on the wild side• Journey to work – Objects – Feelings – Road – Day dreamy – People – Cold – Trees – lonely
  10. 10. Lateral Thinking: Edward de Bono• Answer these following questions: – What are Edward do Bono’s thoughts on teaching lateral thinking? – How does lateral thinking relate to creativity? – How could lateral thinking be part of the DT curriculum?
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  12. 12. Creative thinking in business • RZGDbPFU&feature=fvwrel
  13. 13. 6 thinking hats• Six distinct directions are identified and assigned a colour. The sixth Meta thinking (Blue) is discussed in the next section. The other 5 directions are: • Information: (White) - considering purely what information is available, what are the facts? • Emotions (Red) - intuitive or instinctive gut reactions or statements of emotional feeling (but not any justification) • Discernment (Black) - logic applied to identifying reasons to be cautious and conservative • Optimistic response (Yellow) - logic applied to identifying benefits, seeking harmony • Creativity (Green) - statements of provocation and investigation, seeing where a thought goes