ERIC Number: ED257631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Some New Ways of Proceeding in Problem Solving.
Two methods for solving problems are presented, designed to help people overcome difficulties that often occur in the problem-solving process. One difficulty people have is in using their knowledge to reach the decisive solution idea. The proposed "method of description" for eliminating this difficulty is based on a directed enrichment of the problem space. It is presented both as it has been used with secondary school students and as a list of principles. A condensed computer program is also presented; the program automatically solves rather difficult problems by using this method in a small area of algebra and geometry. A second difficulty people have in following an alternative procedure to solve a problem is that they make circles around the problem. The method of "getting out of loops," used to generate new approaches to the problem, is described. (Author/MNS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.