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Fill up the blank: "Brain Storming technique emphasizes the importance of ______ thinking in teaching gifted children".
1. Convergent
2. Divergent
3. Lateral
4. Both (2) & (3)

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Correct Answer - Option 4 : Both (2) & (3)

Thinking is a higher mental process through which we manipulate and analyze the acquired or existing information. Such manipulation and analysis occur by means of abstracting, reasoning, imagining, problem-solving, judging, and decision-making. 

Brainstorming:

  • Osborn’s Brainstorming technique can be used to increase fluency and flexibility of ideas to open-ended situations.
  • Brainstorming is based on the principle that producing ideas should be kept separate from the evaluation of their worth.
  • It is a technique for stimulating divergent or lateral thinking (open-ended thoughts)
  • Divergent thinking allows the minds of students to think freely and the tendency to put judgment on the worth of ideas may be postponed, i.e. imagination should be given priority over judgment till all the ideas are exhausted.
  • This helps in increasing the fluency of ideas and piling up alternatives.
  • Brainstorming can be practiced by playing brainstorming games with family members and friends keeping its principles in mind.

Hence, it is clear that Brain Storming technique emphasizes the importance of divergent thinking in teaching gifted children.

  • Convergent thinking refers to the conventional type of intelligence emphasizing the narrowing down of possibilities on the production of the alternative answers to a problem and reaching out to "one" possible answer.
  • In divergent thinking or lateral thinking. we think in different directions, sometimes searching for what, and sometimes seeking a variety. It enhances creativity.

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