ERIC Number: ED201507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-29
Reference Count: N/A
Problem Solving: An Overview of the Theory and a Course Attempting to Apply It.
Mertz, Donald W.
Problem solving is viewed as an increasing area of interest that focuses on the theory, research, and teaching of general cognitive skills which are applicable to broad problem classes. This document gives an overview of some important aspects of the theory and research in order to identify what general cognitive skills ought to be taught. Modern cognitive psychology, chiefly represented by Piaget, and artificial intellitence, represented by researchers such as Allen Newell and Herbert Simon are identified and examined. Piaget's theory is reviewed in some detail, with observations from his work extended to certain results from information processes. Teaching implications are drawn from this examination and a course entitled, "Patterns of Problem Solving," taught under the Department of Philosophy, St. Louis University, is examined. (MP)
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Processes, College Mathematics, Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Higher Education, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., St. Louis. Center for Academic Development.