Creative Problem Solving (CPS) began with the work of Alex Osborn in the 1950s. It was not intended as a formula for Creativity, but as an aid to the understanding of the various phases of creative problem-solving.
Osborn’s aim was to develop a model of the creative process to help people understand and use their creative talents. CPS initially began with seven stages in 1953, and eventually led to these five stages. Fact-Finding, Problem-Finding, Idea-Finding, Solution-Finding and Acceptance Finding.
The five stages are taught as part of the Osborn-Parnes CPS model in a two-year program at Buffalo State College. This course is used to develop the creativity of students, and the success of its graduates is just one of many confirmations that creativity can be taught.
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