Monday, March 7, 2011

Edward de Bono - Parallel thinking and other thinkingtools , SDT and CPS

Edward de Bono's principles on ' thinking' contribute the realization of the 3 basic needs critical to a child's self determination and intrinsic motivation - supporting his autonomy, competence and promoting relatedness.

De Bono suggests we use ' Parallel learning and thinking ' rather than argument or debate.
PL  promotes autonomy as people's and kid's ideas are respected and explored. His PMI tool is a great example of this .We look first at the Positives of the idea , then the Minuses and then look for something Interesting that may be taken from the idea. The PMI tool helps us move away from the initial critical thinking. We are good at critizing someone's idea -  we say NO ,or seeing that it maybe validates what we think and we agree with it - Yes. We are not good at taking an idea or a suggestion and exploring it , taking it further and being creative.  Thinking is done in parallel by looking first at the P= positives , then M= minuses , then the I= interesting ideas. So if we suggest that we clean the home together now , kids and their parents can together , in parallel , look at the positives of the idea , then the minuses of the idea and finally taking some ideas from the suggestion. Besides promoting autonomy , this approach is very respectful of other people and their ideas. The PMI tool which is part of the wider ' six thinking hats ' tool is a very efficient way of solving problems and coming up with creative ideas in an organizational setting and also for individuals. It promotes competence.

So the PMI is a great tool to help kids ' hear and explore ' what we are saying , instead of using critical thinking and reject our ideas.

Cps – collaborative problem solving also sees the importance of parallel learning and thinking in focusing on understanding the child's concerns and getting them onto the table, then putting our concerns on the table , defining the problem , then inviting the kid to brainstorm mutually satisfying solutions which are doable and realistic , reviewing the solutions and agreeing to come back and see how things are working out.

here are some Edward de Bono links

Parallel thinking

six thinking hats - Edward de Bono

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