ERIC Number: ED172639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Theoretical and Practical Aspects of the UCLA Problem Solving Course.
Rubinstein, Moshe F.; Pfeiffer, Kenneth R.
A problem solving course designed to expose the student to the wide range of alternative problem solving techniques and to enable the student to use these methods in practical applications was developed at the University of California at Los Angeles. The course also exposes the humanities student to objective tools such as numerical models, while introducing the student of physical or life sciences to subject notions, such as values. The need for individual attention in some areas resulted in the introduction of a peer teaching program. The course material is based primarily on the book, "Patterns of Problem Solving." In a recent evaluation of the course, a majority of the students stated that the course had improved their reasoning skills, and that they had applied the tools and concepts of the course to real-life situations. Results of the use of IQ tests to assess a similar course offered at St. Louis University and taught by Steve Barlett are summarized. (SW)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Cognitive Objectives, College Students, Conference Reports, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Decision Making Skills, Higher Education, Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematical Concepts, Models, Peer Teaching, Problem Solving, Program Evaluation, Student Projects
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of California Los Angeles
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)