ERIC Number: ED259996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
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Thinking Tools: A Young Person's Guide to Problem Solving. Thirty-seven Tools for Solving Problems.
Stevens, Lawrence A.
Resources that will help secondary students become more effective problem solvers are provided. The book describes techniques or tools and an overall strategy for solving problems. Throughout the book there are exercises that enable the student to practice the techniques. The first chapter provides an overview of the problem solving process. Chapter 2 discusses how to decide whether or not to solve a problem. Chapter 3 deals with ways of analyzing problems, e.g., basic questions, comparisons, and finding patterns. Ways of defining a problem is the focus of chapter 4. In chapters 5 and 6 students learn about strategies for generating solutions and how to decide which solution is best. Chapter 7 contains tools for working effectively with others. Tools for putting solutions to work, e.g., time-task schedule and diagram models, are discussed in chapter 8. Ways of evaluating the progress of solutions are examined in chapter 9. The concluding chapter contains some problems to tackle. A classroom kit that accompanies the book provides exercises that apply to social studies, language arts, science, and math. (RM)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Science Instruction, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Social Studies, Teacher Developed Materials
Stevens & Shea Publishers, P.O. Box 794, Stockton, CA 95201 ($6.50 each; classroom sets and kit for 25 students, $17.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Books
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