Divergent Versus Convergent Thinking
Key Concepts and Definition of Terms
The concept of divergent and convergent thinking was created by J.P. Guilford to term different types of psychological operations while problem solving (Guilford 1967). Divergent thinking is defined as producing a diverse assortment of appropriate responses to an open-ended question or task in which the product is not completely determined by the information. So, divergent thinking concentrates on generating a large number of alternative responses including original, unexpected, or unusual ideas. Thus, divergent thinking is associated with creativity.
Convergent thinkinginvolves finding only the single correct answer, conventional to a well-defined problem. Many facts or ideas are examined while convergent thinking for their logical validity or in which a set of rules is followed. Convergent...
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