For this discussion, you may find it useful to distribute handouts 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3.
To provide a slightly different slant on idea generation, introduce and discuss the heuristics suggested by Richard Kaschau (1990).
Heuristics that involve reflecting on one's own opinions.Heuristics based on reacting to articles in periodicals, journal articles, theories, or what one hears from "experts "
1. "I wonder what if?"
2. "What makes _____ happen? What could increase/decrease ____? "
3. "I don't believe that. "
4. "If that's true, wouldn't it also be true that...? "
5. "But the experts (theories) disagree on this point! "
6. "That's only the expert's (theory's) assertion. There's little evidence for that contention. "
If students are really stuck, you could do any of the following:
Campbell, J. P., Daft, R. L., & Hulin, C. L. (1982).What to study: Generating and developing research questions.
Beverly Hills, CA.: Sage Publications.
DeBono, E. (1970). Lateral thinking: Creativitystep-by step. New York: Harper & Row.
Dillon, K. (1990). Generating research ideas; or,that's salada tea .... High School Psychology Teacher, 21, 6-7.