Creative Thinking and Problem Solving for Young Learners

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Chapter 7
SYNERGY

Tiny creeks and small streams flow slowly
across the land, contributing to the growth of
the natural environment in their immediate
area. When these tributaries meet to form a
river, the natural body they create is capable
of much more than any single tributary.


Definition and Explanation

Synergy is the plural of synergism, which is [the action of two or more substances, organs, or organisms to achieve an effect of which each is individually incapable] (Webster 1995). Powerful creative synergy results from the synthesis of cognitive and affective factors.

The components of the creative process discussed in this book include fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. Not one of these, alone, yields creative production; however, when they combine, the potential is good. In addition, affective factors of creativity do not automatically yield creative production. This requires some combination of components to even be plausible. The combination of cognitive and affective components creates synergy of mind and spirit, resulting in generative creativity.

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Table of contents

  • Gifted Treasury Series ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Introduction xvii
  • Chapter 1 - Fluency 1
  • Chapter 2 - Flexibility 20
  • Chapter 3 - Originality 38
  • Chpater 4 - Elaboration 54
  • Chapter 5 - Problem Solving 69
  • Chapter 6 - Characteristics of Creative People 92
  • Chapter 7 - Synergy 112
  • Chapter 8 - Let's Talk 126
  • Afterword 139
  • References 141
  • Author/Title Index 147
  • Subject Index 151
  • About the Author 157
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