Learning to Solve Problems Designing Problem-Solving Learning Environments

ISBN-10: 0415871948
ISBN-13: 9780415871945
Edition: 2011 (Handbook (Instructor's))
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Book details

List price: $111.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

This book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date look at problem solving research and practice over the last 15 years. The first chapter describes differences in types of problems, individual differences among problem solvers, as well as the domain and context within which a problem is being solved. Part I describes six kinds of problems and the methods required to solve them. Part II goes beyond traditional discussions of case design and introduces six different purposes or functions of cases, the building blocks of problem-solving learning environments. It also describes methods for constructing cases to support problem solving. Part III introduces a number of cognitive skills required for studying cases and solving problems. Finally, Part IV describes several methods for assessing problem solving. Key features include the following.Teaching Focus ' The book is not merely a review of research. It also provides specific research-based advice on how to design problem-solving learning environments.Illustrative Cases ' A rich array of cases illustrates how to build problem-solving learning environments. Part II introduces six different functions of cases and also describes the parameters of a case.Chapter Integration ' Key theories and concepts are addressed across chapters and links to other chapters are made explicit. The idea is to show how different kinds of problems, cases, skills, and assessments are integrated.Author expertise ' A prolific researcher and writer, the author has been researching and publishing books and articles on learning to solve problems for the past 15 years.This book is appropriate for advanced courses in instructional design and technology, science education, applied cognitive psychology, thinking and reasoning, and educational psychology. Instructional designers, especially those involved in designing problem-based learning, as well as curriculum designers who seek new ways of structuring curriculum will find it an invaluable reference tool. 

List of Illustrations
Read Me First
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
How Does Problem Solving Vary?
Problem-Specific Design Models
Story Problems
Decision-Making Problems
Troubleshooting and Diagnosis Problems
Strategic-Performance Problems
Policy-Analysis Problems
Design Problem Solving
Cases: The Building Blocks of Problem-Solving Learning Environments
Cases as Problems to Solve
Cases as Worked Examples of Well-Structured Problems
Case Studies: Examples of Ill-Structured Problems
Cases as Analogies
Cases as Prior Experiences
Cases as Alternative Perspectives
Cases as Simulations
Cognitive Skills in Problem Solving
Defining the Problem: Problem Schemas
Analogically Comparing Problems
Understanding Causal Relationships in Problems
Question Strategies for Supporting Problem Solving
Modeling Problems
Arguing to Learn to Solve Problems
Metacognitive Regulation of Problem Solving
Assessing Problem Solving
Assessing Problem Solving
References
Index

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