ERIC Number: ED405017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
On Target! Strategies for Effective Problem Solving and Critical Thinking in the Workplace.
Budzyna, Janet; And Others
One of a series of workplace education modules, this 6-week module presents activities and materials designed to lead participants through a systematic approach to problem-solving in the workplace. Following a brief overview, indicating that the module emphasizes five phases in problem-solving (i.e., using key problem-solving concepts, identifying the problem, exploring solutions, implementing the solutions, and reviewing outcomes), the levels of difficulty of the module activities are described. Two activities are then presented to help students assess their own problem-solving strengths and weaknesses prior to participating in a problem-solving class or workshop. The module then presents 44 activities and exercises related to the following 7 topic areas: (1) the relationship of organizational culture to problem-solving; (2) concepts of problem-solving, including fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality; (3) problem identification; (4) solution identification; (5) solution implementation; (6) analyzing outcomes and the process; and (7) individual versus group problem-solving. Each activity includes a description of intended learning goals, the difficulty level, the recommended group size, the time needed, and necessary materials. The final section presents an outline of a sample 4-hour problem-solving workshop. (HAA)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Class Activities, Creative Thinking, Curriculum Development, Decision Making Skills, Inplant Programs, Learning Activities, Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving, Troubleshooting, Workshops
CCCOES Workplace Learning, 1391 N. Speer Blvd., Suite 600, Denver, CO 80204-2554 ($30).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Community Coll. and Occupational Education System, Denver.
Note: Prepared as part of the Educational Partnerships in Colorado project administered under the Adult Education Act (PL-100-297) as amended by the National Literacy Act of 1991 (PL-102-73); for related modules, see JC 970 068-072.