8 - profiling problem solving in the classroom

8 - profiling problem solving in the classroom - What Makes...

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What Makes a Problem a Problem? 02:50 Learning and human development are essentially lifelong experiences in problem  solving Problem solving is at the core of learning and instruction  Education and problem solving go hand in hand  The Nature of a Problem Good strategic thinking depends heavily on students’ ability to judge situations  accurately and to use the most effective and efficient means to improve those  situations  Problem: Exists any time there is a discrepancy or a gap between an  individual’s present state and the state in which he or she wants to be  o Significance: The distance between someone’s current or initial state and  the desired or ideal state  The size of the problem space is not fixed or consistent across individuals  Complexity: Associated with the nature of the solution path  Benefits of Classifying Academic Problems Learner Benefits o Better problem identification and better problem solving go hand in hand o Conceptualizing the Problem Space Help students put aside their debilitating beliefs that schooled  problems come in only one shape or size  o Making Wise Strategic Decisions Problem classification aids students in deciding which approach or  strategic process works best in a given situation  o Taking Calculated Risks Involves venturing into unfamiliar academic territory  o Refining Self-Evaluation Understanding problem structures can be a catalyst for replacing all-or- nothing evaluations
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o Redefining Intelligent Behavior Students must be guided to the knowledge required to make self- determinations accurately and specifically  Teacher Benefits o Improving Materials for Instruction and Assessment The rather routine treatment of school subjects helps to create  students’ narrow perceptions of what it means to know physics, history,  or other academic domains  o Increasing Conceptual Clarity Knowledge of problem classification can help put teachers and  students on the same epistemological page in other ways as well  o Augmenting the Language of Problem Solving Integrate the language of thinking with the language of strategies  o Stimulating a Review of Students’ Problem-Solving Procedures Greater sensitivity to the problem-solving techniques associated with  varied tasks can develop  o Prompting More Specific Analysis of Student Capabilities  Allow educators to recognize and appreciate the variability and  diversity in human learning and development 
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What Is a Framework for Analyzing Academic Problems? 02:50 Classification of Problems Linguistic Versus Nonlinguistic o Linguistic problems: Rely on linguistic symbols in the interpretation, 
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2010 for the course EDHD 460 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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