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ERIC Number: ED178445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Inventive Problem Solving and Future Studies: A Review and Synthesis.
Thomas, John W.
The report presents a synthesis of approximately 85 books, journal articles, and research studies published between 1959 and 1977 on future studies, process education, and inventive problem solving. Future studies are defined as studies which require students to learn about the future and to anticipate change. Process education is defined as an instructional approach that focuses on teaching skills rather than content. Inventive problem solving is defined as a method involving definition of a problem, formulation of a hypothetical solution, and testing of the hypothesis until evidence warrants its acceptance. The document is presented in four sections. Section I offers background information on a future studies curriculum development project (Making Changes) initiated by Research for Better Schools in 1970. Section II reviews literature on problem solving, process education, and implications of instructional techniques for curriculum development. Section III synthesizes future studies literature. Topics include research on the future and on future studies and goals of future studies courses. The final section outlines objectives for the Making Changes program and presents a classification scheme of cognitive and affective objectives for courses in futures studies based on a problem-solving approach. (DB)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Content Analysis, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Literature Reviews, Problem Solving, Process Education, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Research for Better Schools, Inc., 444 North Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 ($3.50)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.