ERIC Number: ED425404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Future Problem Solving: Connecting the Present to the Future.
Jackson, Jennine B.; Crandell, Lisa; Menhennett, Lorien
To survive in the 21st century, today's student must develop the thinking skills necessary to adapt to a transforming world and learn how to be a creative problem solver. Future Problem Solving (FPS) prepares the student of today for tomorrow through an educational program that enables students to apply a constructive, deliberate process for solving problems. The FPS approach, based on the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) framework, has three components: (1) understanding the problem; (2) generating ideas; and (3) planning for action. FPS provides competitions for which students identify a real-life need and use the FPS model to create a solution. As a curriculum program, FPS provides a framework for solving complex, real-life challenges. The foundation tools of the CPS process, creative thinking and critical thinking, must both be employed for the results to be productive. In July 1997, four Arizona FPS students and the Arizona FPS affiliate director presented FPS at the China-U.S. Conference on Education in Beijing. This paper describes the renewed partnership of FPS and CPS, student interpretations of FPS, and an overview of the Chinese and American students' problem-solving activity. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: China-U.S. Conference on Education. Collected Papers. (Beijing, People's Republic of China, July 9-13, 1997); see CG 028 968.