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Creativity in Problem-Solving: How Does Problem-Solving Creativity Appear in Our Daily Life?

Problem-solving is the ability to find out the ultimate goal of a problem by applying the proper rules or methods.

In alma maters, it is crucial to apply appropriate methods that enhance problem-solving skills. According to India Today, pupils are mostly instilled with conventional methods or rote-learning which are based on memorization and repetition to answer any questions. Therefore, these rules give students particular ways of problem-solving to come up with exact answers. Consequently, pupils are confined within those methods and solve unexpected problems independently. According to Rohan Mathur, a marketing director of The Lego Group, creative problem solving needs to be developed due to its importance in contributing to children’s success. Lego contributes to children’s creativity by its implementation of the cycle of human creativity “Experiment. Fail. Break the rules. Fail and try again”.

In the pandemic-stricken world where most schools are remote, teachers and school administrators are trying to alter their learning methods due to this unwanted impediment. As reported by The New York Times, Emmie Galan, a physical education teacher, asked that her students walk around their neighbourhood while she was riding a bike, showing them some of the city’s landmarks in her virtual class. This abnormal time period also required Derek Eckman to come up with different ideas for his students in a physical education class. For certain sports where equipment is required, he suggested his pupils find any other objects that were alike to the one necessary, due to the lack of school equipment. Therefore, creativity has played important roles in how the education system has dramatically changed. To manage during this abrupt transition, creative plans have been implemented to adapt to the educational system and to foster children’s motivation.

Education is not the only field where creative problem solving exists, it’s also required in the field of medicine. David A. Shaywitz has demonstrated how innovation and creativity are pertinent to the development of medicine. In his article, he claimed that in this rapid world where the high amount of throughput is more concerned, there is less room for innovation of unknown maladies. The frequency of repetition of well-known health problems has overpassed that of creative problem solving of anonymous issues. Being aware of these circumstances, several medical schools and foundations have built programs that aim to spark curiosity in young doctors. Thus, creative problem-solving plays an important role in developing medical jobs.

Creativity in problem-solving is subtle in most professions such as lawyers, police, mechanics, managers, marketing, etc. Advocates need to be innovative and creative when an unpredictable situation catches them by surprise and they must skillfully manage to go through and complete their mission of defending. Fields that handle security need creative people that are equipped to deal with different criminals. It is the same case for mechanics or managers, where creative problem-solving acts as a boon to elevate and accomplish work qualities. Most jobs are filled with unique problems that require creative people who can manage and overcome these problems.

In a nutshell, creative problem solving plays a significant role in the educational system and jobs successes so it is imperative to develop this skill from now on!

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