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ERIC Number: EJ960512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1629
Designing for Decision Making
Jonassen, David H.
Educational Technology Research and Development, v60 n2 p341-359 Apr 2012
Decision making is the most common kind of problem solving. It is also an important component skill in other more ill-structured and complex kinds of problem solving, including policy problems and design problems. There are different kinds of decisions, including choices, acceptances, evaluations, and constructions. After describing the centrality and importance of decision making to problem solving and everyday cognition, this paper contrasts normative (rational) with naturalistic approaches to decision making. Normative approaches, such as decision matrices, SWOT, and force field analyses, scaffold rational decision-making approaches. Naturalistic approaches such as constructing stories, mental simulations, scenarios, and arguments, emphasize the meanings of decision options and the role of unconscious emotions in decision making. Recommendations about instructional designs to support both conceptions are followed by recommendations about assessing decisions and decision-making ability. These recommendations provide many researchable questions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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