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# SKILL ASSESSMENT

DIAGNOSTIC SURVEYS FOR CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING

## PROBLEM SOLVING, CREATIVITY, AND INNOVATION

Step 1: Before you read the material in this chapter, respond to the following state- ments by writing a number from the rating scale that follows in the left-hand column (Pre-assessment). Your answers should reflect your attitudes and behavior as they are now, not as you would like them to be. Be honest. This instrument is designed to help you discover your level of competency in problem solving and creativity so you can tai- lor your learning to your specific needs. When you have completed the survey, use the scoring key in Appendix 1 to identify the skill areas discussed in this chapter that are most important for you to master.

Step 2: After you have completed the reading and the exercises in this chapter and, ide- ally, as many as you can of the Skill Application assignments at the end of this chapter, cover up your first set of answers. Then respond to the same statements again, this time in the right-hand column (Post-assessment). When you have completed the survey, use the scoring key in the Appendix to measure your progress. If your score remains low in specific skill areas, use the behavioral guidelines at the end of the Skill Learning section to guide your further practice.

## Rating Scale

1 Strongly disagree 2 Disagree 3 Slightly disagree 4 Slightly agree 5 Agree 6 Strongly agree

## When I encounter a routine problem:

• 1.

I state clearly and explicitly what the problem is. I avoid trying to solve it until I have defined it.

• 2.

I generate more than one alternative solution to the problem, instead of identifying only one obvious solution.

• 3.

I keep in mind both long-term and short-term consequences as I evaluate various alternative solutions.

• 4.

I gather as much information as I can about what the problem is before trying to solve it.

• 5.

I keep steps in the problem-solving process distinct; that is, I define the problem before proposing alternative solutions, and I generate alternatives before selecting a single solution.

CHAPTER 3

SOLVING PROBLEMS ANALYTICALLY AND CREATIVELY

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