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ERIC Number: EJ867853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1054-0040
Strategies for Promoting Problem Solving and Transfer: A Qualitative Study
Bagby, Janet; Sulak, Tracey
Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, v21 n4 p38-41 2009
Problem solving allows students to use what they know to achieve a goal when no solution is apparent. Traditional educational models evolved from an earlier system, based on rote memorization and designed to produce employees for industry. The workforce of tomorrow must move beyond rote learning by both applying current knowledge and using problem-solving skills to understand the issues of tomorrow. Since many of the problems of the future may not exist in today's world, teachers must prepare students to meet challenges that may not have immediately teachable solutions. In order to solve these problems, students need to employ transfer, or the ability to use prior learning to understand new information. This article describes a qualitative study, the purpose of which was to examine the use of problem-solving strategies and instruction within a Montessori environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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