ERIC Number: ED439018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Improving the Problem Solving Skills of Math and Science Students at the High School Level.
Abbott, Lori; Warfield, Amanda
This report describes a project for improving problem solving skills in students at the secondary level. The targeted population consisted of high school students in growing communities located in the suburbs of a large Midwestern city. Various studies have indicated that students lack problem-solving skills. Analysis of student and teacher interviews show that the lack of problem solving abilities comes from the lack of student motivation, the lack of experience with problem solving, and the inability to think critically. Standardized tests should provide baseline data about the students' problem-solving skill level previous to the intervention. Review of the literature revealed that the educational system emphasizes the end result as opposed to the learning process, which may be a factor in the negative attitude students have toward problem solving. The literature review also shows several solution strategies. After considering the needs of the targeted students, the following categories of major interventions were selected: (1) cooperative learning; (2) multiple intelligences; and (3) Problem Solving Teaching (PST). Various strategies within each category were employed. Post-intervention data indicate an improvement in the problem-solving abilities of the targeted students. The post intervention student survey also shows a more positive attitude toward problem solving. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master' Action Research Project, St. Xaxier University & IRI/Skylight.