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What is Lateral Thinking

Stagnancy Issues and Change Initiatives for Global Education in the Digital Age
The process of solving problems using an indirect and creative approach often by looking at a situation or problem from a unique perspective.
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Developing Thinking Skills in a 4th Grade Design Studio in Trinidad and Tobago
Lesley-Ann Noel (Tulane University, USA), Tsai Lu Liu (North Carolina State University, USA), and Traci Rose Rider (North Carolina State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4993-3.ch002
In this chapter, children from a 4th grade class at a rural primary school in Trinidad and Tobago participated in a three-week vacation camp with a curriculum based on design thinking. Design problems drawn from the lives of the children were used to stimulate deep thinking and engagement. The focus of the design problems allowed students to practice and build a variety of thinking abilities. They practiced both lateral thinking and vertical thinking at different parts of the design challenges. They applied critical thinking abilities of inquiry, analysis, inference, and argument. The students also practiced metacognition as they reflected on their design choices and decisions, and thought of strategies to be successful throughout the three weeks of the study. These results suggest that design-based education can play a role in developing critical thinking skills in an engaging way, even in an under-resourced context at elementary level.
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Eatertainment: The New Era in Lateral Thinking – Issues and Competing Trends in Retailing
It is innovative and untraditional approaches through creative imagination of problem solving.
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Techno Task: A Step Ahead in Learning and Teaching English as a Second Language at Elementary Level
Thinking in a creative way and finding a solution for a problem in a new and unusual approach.
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Infusing Yourself into the Backstory: A Multidimensional Case Study Perspective
The process of using information to bring about creativity and insight of new patterns (De Bono, 1990 p. 5).
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