Pathways to Higher Education Project


Center for Advancement of Postgraduate

 Studies and Research in Engineering Sciences,

Faculty of Engineering - Cairo University




Creative Thinking

Prof. Dr. Shaker Abdel Hamid Soliman


Course Objective


1. To define systems and creative thinking and other associated techniques.

2. To introduce practical concepts for application on the personal level and at the workplace.

3. To determine and detect how the creativity that exist in all of us can be systematically developed and harnessed to solve problems and improve performance at both the personal and the organizational level.



Table of Contents


                Acknowledgement and Foreword

Chapter 1: Introduction

1.1 Basic Definitions

1.2 What is a System?

1.3 Basic Concepts and Characteristics

1.4 Stage of Systemic Thinking

1.5 Understanding the Nature of the System in Organizations

Chapter 2: Internal Systems

2.1 Thinking

2.2 Thinking as a Skill

2.3 Critical Thinking

2.4 Lateral Thinking

2.5 Brain and Thinking

2.6 Left and Right Brain Decodification of Visuals

2.7 The Rational Left and the Holistic Right Hemispheres of the Human Brain

2.8 Perception and Attention

2.9 Perception

2.10 Sensory Registers

Chapter 3: Memory

3.1 Structures and Models

3.2 Fundamental Distinctions in the Study of Memory

3.3 Mental Rotation

3.4 Short Term versus Long Term Memory

3.5 Concepts

3.6 Analogy and Metaphor Comprehension

3.7 How Do We Think? Pictures and Words

Chapter 4: Frontiers of Creativity

4.1 The Many Facets of Creativity

4.2 The 4Pís of Creativity

4.3 Personality Traits

4.4 Personality Traits of the Creative Individuals

4.5 Personality Results

4.6 Guilford's Intellective Factors

Chapter 5: Barriers to Creativity

5.1 Commonly Identified Barriers

5.2 Thinking, Problem Solving and Creativity: An Overview

5.3 Integration and Conclusions: Creating a Field of Creativity

5.4 Innovation & Creativity at Work

5.5 Can Organizations Show Creative Characteristics?

5.6 Organizational Creativity and Innovation

5.7 Creativity versus Innovation

Chapter 6: Barriers to Innovation

6.1 Structural Barriers

6.2 Social/Political Barriers

6.3 Procedural Barriers

6.4 Resource Barriers

6.5 Individual/Attitudinal Barriers

6.6 Level or Style? (Kirton Theory)

6.7 Creative Problem Solving Techniques

6.8 Creative Problem Solving: The Higgin's Technique

6.9 Group Techniques for Increasing Creativity



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