Convergent and Divergent Thinkingby Dane Scarborough on 01/18/11
Convergence and divergence are ideal types, and not mutually exclusive, so we might agree that everyone has some degree of both. The values in formal education heavily favor "convergent" thinking, and in Asian cultures, even more so. The reason being that convergent thinking is what tests are designed for. Now, divergent thinking... how do you quantify that test, and how do you study for a test that is focusing on divergence? You may have guessed that the answer is building with Uberstix and seeing how many other materials you can integrate into the project. It's more fun then coming up with possible uses of a blanket (although that can be interesting).