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Specific Thinking Guide
Develop ideas
Using the Essence

Create new ideas by getting to the heart of the issue and then looking elsewhere whilst retaining the essential qualities.

Specific Thinking Guide
Different perspectives
Thinking Boxes

Analyse an object or topic from different perspectives - local, global and its place in history.

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Analyse an issue
SCAMPER Analysis

Analyse something according to the SCAMPER principle - what could be substituted, combined, adapted, modified, put to other uses, eliminated or rearranged?

Specific Thinking Guide
Develop ideas
Possible Futures

Think about the way in which a particular theme or issue may develop in the near future.

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Explore an issues
Impact Boxes

Think through the impact and consequences of an event. What are the knock-on effects? Think of the diagram as a series of ripples working their way out.

Specific Thinking Guide
Different perspectives
From a Different Angle

Examine a topic through a variety of different subject lenses. Understand how knowledge changes dependent on the perspective from which it is viewed.

Generic Thinking Guide
What happened?
Cycle

A cycle diagram is a circular chart that illustrates a series of actions or steps that flow to another. Start by putting the first stage in one of the boxes. In the next box round the circle, place the next step and so on.

Generic Thinking Guide
What is it?
Mindmap

A mindmap is a great way of organising a topic into themes. These categories can be used to sort information into related items for example, social, environmental or technological changes.

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Why did it happen?
Fishbone Diagram

A fishbone diagram is a tool used to visualize all the potential causes of a problem in order to discover the root causes.

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How is it similar/different?
Venn Diagram

Venn diagrams are a good tool for comparing things. They can tell us what is similar and what is different about two or more items.

Generic Thinking Guide
What happened?
Flow Chart

Flow Charts are graphical representations of processes, sequences or events. You are explaining what happened or how to do something chronologically.

Generic Thinking Guide
How is it similar/different?
Diamond 9

Diamond 9 templates are a great tool when you need to rank or prioritise information. They can help us make a reasoned decision about something.

Generic Thinking Guide
Why did it happen?
Input - Output Diagram

Input - Output diagrams help us map out the causes and effects of a particular event. This helps us understand why something happened and what the implications are.

Generic Thinking Guide
What is it?
Tree Diagram

Tree diagrams help you organise and understand the hierarchy of information in a body of knowledge. The branches help you group ideas so you can see the big picture.