The Six Thinking Hats: A Constructivist’s Technique to Facilitate the Transfer and Application of Critical and Creative Thinking
Szyarto, Cheryl A.
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In business, education, and elsewhere, being constructive and creative is more than just desirable—it is essential. Individuals must be skillful communicators and astute problem solvers to succeed in a world marked by rapid growth and accelerating change. The problem in higher education is that students subjected to traditional institutional teaching methods develop learning patterns that are inadequate and leave them ill-prepared to navigate life’s difficult and often unpredictable conditions under which people must exercise their will and judgment. The purpose of this chapter is to describe how de Bono’s (1999) Six Thinking Hats can serve as a powerful instructional technique that college and university instructors can use in on-ground, online, or hybrid-model courses to engage students actively in critical and creative thinking via a constructivist approach.