Problem solving vs.
By Kelly Kitagawa, Liat Algranti and Justice Walz
What is problem solving?
Problem Solving: the discovery and analysis of problems and
What is Tinkering?
Tinkering: “Tinkering is a uniquely human activity, combining
social and creative forces that encompass play and learning”-
Therefore tinkering is a method of problem solving which
involves social and creative thinking, a crucial component to
the creative process.
So… What’s the difference?
creative and social means of
Much less formal.
Invites and encourages
a broad range of methods and
usually gives the impression
that there is only one ultimate
Often more formal
Tinkering Problem Solving
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