ERIC Number: ED240075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Teachers' Opinions and Practices Regarding the Teaching of Problem Solving Skills.
Drum, Randell L.; Wells, Tim J.
In response to a survey questionnaire, 278 elementary school teachers and secondary school mathematics, science, and social studies teachers in Texas expressed opinions that the teaching of problem solving is important and that it can be taught successfully. While most of the teachers reported that teaching of problem solving was not encouraged in their teacher education program or in their inservice sessions, they rated themselves as good-to-excellent problem solvers. Teachers who teach problem solving in their classrooms tended to be older, with more years of teaching experience, those who belonged to professional associations for their subject areas, those whose teacher training programs encouraged the teaching of problem solving, and those whose inservice sessions encouraged the teaching of problem solving. Despite the existence of positive teacher opinions regarding the importance of teaching problem solving, few were emphasizing it in their classrooms. It is recommended that more focus should be placed on the teaching of problem solving in teacher preparation programs and that teachers should be encouraged to be members of professional subject matter associations. A copy of the survey instrument is appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Corpus Christi Univ., TX.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Survey made 1981-82; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (36th, San Antonio, TX, February 1-4, 1984).