Problem-solving helps us understand relationships and implement the changes and improvements needed to compete and survive in a continually changing environment.
Seizing opportunity: Problem solving isn’t just about responding to (and fixing) the environment that exists today.
Personal and business environments are full of things, activities, interactions and processes that are broken or not operating in the way they are desired to work.
Problem-solving gives us a mechanism for identifying these things, figuring out why they are broken and determining a course of action to fix them.
It presupposes that students can take on some of the responsibility for their own learning and can take personal action to solve problems, resolve conflicts, discuss alternatives, and focus on thinking as a vital element of the curriculum.
It provides students with opportunities to use their newly acquired knowledge in meaningful, real-life activities and assists them in working at higher levels of thinking (see Levels of Questions).
Problem-solving can be applied to the anticipated future events and used to enable action in the present to influence the likelihood of the event occurring and/or alter the impact if the event does occur.
Improving performance: Individuals and organizations do not exist in isolation in the environment.
This article will help you teach your students how to understand, identify, and resolve issues that they are facing in class.
Problem-solving is a process—an ongoing activity in which we take what we know to discover what we don't know.