Abstract

In this paper a creative problem solving approach to design learning is proposed, based on the integration of childhood pretense and creative problem solving processes both from design creativity research and cognitive psychology. Evaluation of human creativity has strongly associated with children’s pretense as flexible and divergent thinking abilities. Childhood pretense in the form of pretend play is used for enhancing creative abilities in children. Likewise, enhancing creative problem solving process in design is associated with improving flexible and divergent thinking skills. Thus, a broad review has been done to identify the features and similarities of childhood pretense in the framework of affordance and adult designing activity that led us to a new approach in design learning to develop designers’ creative thinking capacity.

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pretense, creative problem solving, design learning, affordance

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A new approach in design learning: Childhood pretense

In this paper a creative problem solving approach to design learning is proposed, based on the integration of childhood pretense and creative problem solving processes both from design creativity research and cognitive psychology. Evaluation of human creativity has strongly associated with children’s pretense as flexible and divergent thinking abilities. Childhood pretense in the form of pretend play is used for enhancing creative abilities in children. Likewise, enhancing creative problem solving process in design is associated with improving flexible and divergent thinking skills. Thus, a broad review has been done to identify the features and similarities of childhood pretense in the framework of affordance and adult designing activity that led us to a new approach in design learning to develop designers’ creative thinking capacity.

 

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