O'Reilly logo

Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, 2nd Edition by K. Patricia Cross, Claire Howell Major, Elizabeth F. Barkley

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 11Techniques for Problem-Solving

Almost all teachers are interested in developing the ability of their students to solve problems. Although problems can be generally defined as puzzles—difficult matters that exercise the mind—the precise definition of problem varies widely across the academic disciplines. There are well-defined problems with correct answers and loosely defined problems, which Donald Schön described as “confusing messes incapable of technical solution” (1983, p. 42). These latter kinds of problems may include a huge array of relevant variables, both known and unknown. They may require exercising judgment, making trade-offs, and considering values. They may have alternative solutions. Whether problems are straightforward ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required