ERIC Number: ED129670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: 0
General Description of Human Problem Solving.
Klein, Gary A.; Weitzenfeld, Julian
A theoretical model relating problem identification to problem solving is presented. The main purpose of the study is to increase understanding of decision making among Air Force educators. The problem-solving process is defined as the generation and evaluation of alternatives that will accomplish what is needed and the reidentification of what is needed based on the experience of generating and evaluating the alternatives. An analysis of problem solving is presented which extends the Gestalt approach. The paper is divided into seven chapters: (1) the Deweyan tradition, the Gestalt model, and the information processing model; (2) definition; (3) deductive inference, inductive inference, and analogical inference; (4) long-term memory; (5) management processes; (6) problem identification as well as generation and evaluation of alternatives; and (7) the theory of reidentification as it creates a better understanding of how problem-solving abilities develop through performance rather than description or definition. References are included in the document. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Theories, Behavioral Science Research, Decision Making, Educational Improvement, Human Development, Individual Psychology, Memory, Models, Problem Solving, Problems, Productive Thinking, Psychological Needs, Psychological Patterns, Psychological Studies, Psychology, Skill Development, Theories
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX.; Air Force Human Resources Lab., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Advanced Systems Div.