Definition

The competence of creativity and lateral thinking refers to solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic (De Bono, 1970).

This competence can be assessed according to the following three students’ mastery levels:

Introductory level

Can only see the immediate problem and easy connections between topic or ideas, prefers traditional models, even if out-dated, does not challenge the status quo, gets lost in the detail and cannot see the bigger picture.

Intermediate level

Can see alternative and innovative solutions to problems but cannot always apply it, can imagine good but not necessarily innovative ways to tackle problems, adopt lateral thinking if accompanied.

Advanced level

Considers different approaches, disciplines and points of view when generating solutions, uses resources creatively, originates alternatives to conventional thinking, produces imaginative or unique responses to a problem.


Tools for Assessment

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