publication . Article . 2015

Threshold Concepts in the Development of Problem-solving Skills

Shelly Wismath; Doug Orr; Bruce MacKay;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Mar 2015 Journal: Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal (issn: 2167-4779, eissn: 2167-4787, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Calgary
Abstract
Problem-solving skills are often identified as a key component of 21st century education. This study collected data from students enrolled in a university-level Liberal Education science course called Problems and Puzzles, which introduced students to the theory and practice of problem solving via puzzles. Based on classroom observation and other qualitative data collected over three semesters, we have identified three significant changes in student behaviour at specific points in the course. These changes can be posited to reveal three underlying threshold concepts in the evolution and establishment of students’ problem-solving skills.
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ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION
free text keywords: Education (General), L7-991, Pedagogy, Sociology, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Qualitative property, Higher education, business.industry, business, Liberal education, Mathematics education, Professional development
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publication . Article . 2015

Threshold Concepts in the Development of Problem-solving Skills

Shelly Wismath; Doug Orr; Bruce MacKay;