ERIC Number: ED262190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-6
Problem Solving and Decision Making Strategies for Adult Learners.
This paper provides a brief overview of some of the current thought on teaching problem-solving and decision-making skills and presents selected exercises that have been used successfully in a graduate course in problem-solving and decision-making strategies. In addition to learning theories that are presented in order to help learners understand various types of problems and research related to problem-solving and decision-making strategies, the paper includes several paradigms that adult learners have found helpful in improving their problem analysis, solution generation, and decision-making skills. Techniques discussed include general problem-solving strategies, structured problems, ill-structured problems, exercises in defining and analyzing problems, idea-generating techniques, techniques for making better choices, techniques for identifying implementation blocks, and observations about the roles of reason and intuition in problem solving. An appendix to the report contains problem-solving and decision-making techniques and related learning activities. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Milwaukee, WI, November 6-10, 1985).