Saturday, 1 May 2010


Thinking about learning processes has lead me back to my interest in human perception.
So I have looked up some information from Edward de Bono's book - Serious creativity.

· It is perception that gives us the observations or propositions that we then handle with logic.
· It is perception that gives us the words and the choice of words with which we think about anything.
· Perception depends on context, experience, emotions, point of view, framework, and so on.
· Perception strives for meaning and attempts to make sense of what is present.

Creativity takes place in the perceptual phase of thinking.
Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic.
·With perception we do not see the world as it is but as we perceive it. The patterns of perception have been built up by a particular time sequence of experience.
The human mind forms its perceptions by choosing to look at the world in a particular way.

In the direct teaching of thinking as a subject one if the most important things is to provide students with tools for broadening their perceptions.
Broader perception changes judgment.
Teaching of thinking should be about: providing tools that students can use and that make a difference.

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