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ERIC Number: ED366805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-4
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Teaching Top-Down Problem Solving.
Patrick, Charles
Top-down problem solving is a methodical approach to obtaining real solutions for open-ended problems common in the realms of engineering and science. The technique provides a means for logically understanding a problem prior to attempting a solution. Steps in the top-down problem-solving method include the following: (1) identifying a need; (2) defining the problem; (3) developing ideas; (4) analyzing alternatives; and (5) evaluating a solution, leading either to development of additional ideas or solving the problem. Problem solving is a thinking skill that must be learned. Teaching it requires demonstration and practice. An effective way for students to improve their problem-solving skills is to work together (brainstorm), think aloud, learn from each other, and learn how others approach the same problems. Top-down problem solving lends itself well to almost any type of life's problems and, if taught at an early age, can provide children with a very useful tool for their entire education. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Vocational Association (Nashville, TN, December 3-7, 1993).