One of the many activities that I am involved in is the spread of TRIZ. TRIZ is the Russian acronym for the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving.
In the 1950's a group of Russians, led by Genrich Altshuller developed a methodlogy for solving problems. Based upon a rigorous study of patents, Altshuller determined how technical problems were solved. Based upon the determinations, he categorized the methods into a series of Inventive Pronciples and the operators that make the principle work.
The development and use of the principles for behavioral problems has been spotty at best. Recently, however, there has been some interest in doing so. As a result, some formal development efforts have been undertaken. Primarily, these efforts have been conducted by the OTSM - TRIZ communities that are largely in the European states. There is little development being discussed in North America.
With this background, I hope that you will take the time to read the article and evaluate the rest of this post.
Connected with a project I am working on and posted on my website at www.aptimise.com
is an article that I have writtten on how TRIZ can be used to solve behavioral problems. The article can be found on the website or can be seen in the accompaning file.
The article compare Polarity Managment for Solving Behavioral Issues with TRIZ methodlogies. I am interested in finding out others thoughts in regards to how a Critical Thinking methodlogy can be developed that can be taught in elementary and secondary schools.