ERIC Number: ED309698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun-16
Problem Solving in a Technological Society with Implications for University Teaching Improvement.
Braukmann, James R.; Pedras, Melvin J.
One challenge in today's society is to teach students how to solve problems and use the general education they acquire to arrive at realistic solutions. Techniques that cut across the curriculum and can be used by any university teacher to provide realistic experiences for students are discussed. Students need the same acquired skills in technology and industry as are necessary for success in any professional field: communication and interpersonal skills, linked to problem solving skills. The techniques are clustered into the general categories of group dynamics (such as leadership, communication, presentation, and persuasion skills) and problem solving strategies (such as the design process, information management, and learning skills). An example of a process guide to problem solving, borrowed from technology, is described. Its seven steps are: define the problem carefully; establish criteria for the solution; research possible solutions; brainstorm all manner of sensible and nonsensible potential solutions; narrow the acceptable or promising options and develop them; create a working model; and evaluate the end result. The role of the educator should be to provide the student with appropriate experiences for defining and solving problems. Contains 5 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Improving University Teaching (15th, Vancouver, Canada, June 12-16, 1989).