ERIC Number: ED061547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-6
Reference Count: 0
Training and Transfer of Problem-Solving.
Loupe, Michael J.
The author enters the debate on whether problem solving ability consists of sets of situation-specific behaviors or whether it is a general set of mental abilities. The study, utilizing a nonrandom sample of 60 female college sophomores, was designed to test the feasibility of teaching behavior patterns which facilitate problem-solving in diverse situations. A basic model was used which included problem sensing, problem defining, hypothesizing, searching for information, and resolving. Differences between experimental and control groups show that problem-solving skill training does facilitate problem solving. In addition, some support is given to the position that training in general problem-solving skills results in a person's being able to better solve problems in diverse situations. The author concludes that it might be more effective to teach inquiry as a set of abstract routines which function to support and enhance mental processing in a wide range of fields. (TL)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 3-7, 1972