Teaching Problem Solving Strategies in Science & Engineering


The ability to solve problems is a key learning objective in many courses. Can students be taught how to solve problems? In this workshop, we will discuss methods that instructors can use to help teach problem solving skills. We will discuss formal procedures that students can adopt, and ways instructors can reinforce these concepts in the classroom and via homework assignments. We will go over examples of the application of these methods to real problems. The focus will be on problem solving most likely to occur in engineering or science courses, but the methods are generally applicable to other fields as well.

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • articulate best practices for solving problems.
  • identify examples of how course room instruction and homework assignments can be tailored to reinforce good problem solving skills.

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