CoRT = Cognitive Research Trust Thinking - Edward de Bono

Summarise the components of CoRT Thinking

There are seven clear thinking strategies devised and expounded by Edward de Bono. The seven steps give a clear and comprehensvie strategies for thinking that can be used together or indpendently to stimulate and refine thinking.

    • Plus Minus Interesting - identify postive, negatives and fascinating aspects of the problem.
    • CAF - Considering all Factors - thinking of everything relevant
    • * & S - Consequences and Sequel - looking at what are the best possibilities and their outcomes in time
    • AGO - aims, goals and objectives - list all the reasons that you are doing something, define goals and looking at creative solutions
    • FIP - first important priorities - From consider all factors, prioritise the three most important factors.
    • APC - alternatives, possibilites and choices - look for alternatives outside your normal thinking pattern
    • *PV - see the situation from the other person's point of view - new ways of looking at a situation

  • WaiLite B:
    DeBono CoRT thinking programme
    The most important component
    · Focus on being taught deliberately
    · Teach thinking as I direct skill
    · Thinking can be developed
    · Direct thinking teaching
    · 7 key strategies
    · A process to develop thinking
    · Not taught sequentially
    · Time management – be in control
    · Allow opportunity for thinking
    · Tools to use
    · Practice the skill

Develop an example of how you might use this in a classroom / centre / staff meeting

Scenario: Professional Development Staff Meeting:
Healthy Food initiative - What are the issues for your school?

Example: Should schools be porividing only healthy food?
Divide into groups and assign each group one of the tools to explore the issue and report back to the full meeting.

Full meeting could make a decision based on the outcomes of the discussion.