Selective Problem Solving (sps): A Model for Teaching Creative Problem-Solving


Gifted Education International, vol.27, no.3, pp.349-357, 2011 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/026142941102700310
  • Journal Name: Gifted Education International
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.349-357
  • Keywords: creative problem solving, creativity, creativity in math, problem solving
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


© 2011 A B Academic Publishers Printed in Great Britain.Problem solving is an integral part of human life from mathematics and science to business, marketing, arts, technology and more. It is sometimes a form of creativity with discoveries and aesthetics. In fact, wherever a genuine problem exists novel behavior is needed on the part of the problem solver. The aim of this article was to describe and discuss the Selective Problem Solving (SPS) model that can be used for creatively solving problems that are confronted in many disciplines. The SPS was developed based on an integration of research on creativity and teachings of Poly a on problem solving. The SPS model is a revision and extension of the Polya model with an inclusion of problem finding, problem identification, problem construction, and selective thinking. It consists of six steps: Problem definition, problem identification, problem solution, problem construction, problem solution, and reflection.