ERIC Number: ED249980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Solving Problems. Skills Essential to Learning Television Project: Working Paper.
Greeno, James G.
The ways in which students in grades five and six solve problems is the focus of this paper, which provides background for the staff of the Skills Essential to Learning Television Project, (a multi-level series of video and print resources for classroom use). It considers the problem-solving process categories of understanding, transformation, and composition; the kinds of situations in which students are expected to solve problems; and the kinds of problems they are expected to solve. Problem solving in mathematics, understanding in reading stories, and understanding in science are used as examples of school tasks. It is concluded that problem solving should not be considered as a single, uniform capability, and that problem solving does not occur in a vacuum. Four general aims are suggested for an instructional program focusing on problem solving: strengthening skills for conventional problems, enlarging students' knowledge base for problem solving, expanding students' problem-solving skills, and teaching problem solving in nonacademic or "everyday life" situations. Nine references are listed. (LMM)
Descriptors: Intellectual Development, Intermediate Grades, Learning Processes, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Instruction, Preadolescents, Problem Solving, Reading Comprehension, Science Instruction, Skill Development, Teaching Methods
Agency for Instructional Technology, Box A, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($2.50 per copy).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for Instructional Television, Bloomington, IN.