Information is initially gathered using convergent thinking
to gain knowledge about a subject.
Following the same logic as before, high occupational variety coupled with low industry variety should enable an individual to draw from their varied occupational experiences to think divergently when generating a variety of new ideas while the lack of varied industry experiences should be associated with the development of in-depth industry knowledge that enables convergent thinking
when selecting, developing, and implementing ideas into new inventions for a given industry.
These included: selecting ideas that "feel right" or "jump out," making intuition explicit when selecting ideas, navigating the path to the right solution, and using convergent thinking
In Glifford's theory, both divergent thinking and convergent thinking
play basic role in mental construction.
In both classical and Rogerian analytical reasoning, there are four types of conclusive methods which researchers may use them in their convergent thinking
Then convergent thinking
takes over to evaluate the ideas critically and determine which are the best.
It is clear that schools are all about convergent thinking
Many of the theorists who have modelled the creative process incorporate both divergent and convergent thinking
processes (for example, Amabile 1996; Ford 1996).
Schools then were experts in convergent thinking
with students being told that there was no time for playfulness, and that they were there to work hard and avoid making mistakes.
Peter Senecal, a partner with Convergent Thinking
in Madison, Wis.
In the end, both divergent and convergent thinking
must successfully coexist.
Thus Convergent thinking
is ideal for well-defined problems for which there is only one allowable conclusion (Finke, Ward and Smith, 1992).
focuses on clear problems and provides well-known solutions quickly.
involves the inherent need to drive on to the solution of a problem, and it can involve a number of cognitive styles and tools, including morphological analysis, relevance trees, and value analysis, among others.
Only then, when lots of potential ideas are on the table, will they reach for their "logic hats" and use convergent thinking
, solution-oriented approaches.