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Solving Problems or Problem Solving: What are we teaching our students?

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.884.1 - 6.884.13

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FYI Team Members

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Adrian Cloete

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This paper positions Effective Problem Solving as not just a tool, but a way of thinking for our personal, academic and professional lives. This is the philosophy behind a new collaborative teaching and cooperative learning Freshman Year Initiative (FYI) in the Electronics programs at DeVry Institute of Technology (Dallas campus). The pedagogical hub of our FYI, launched in Spring 2000, is a Critical Thinking & Problem Solving course on which faculty members build applications for the technical courses. While never compromising the terminal course objectives for any of the five first-term courses, the sequence of topics and the scope of many assignments in each course is orchestrated to support an heuristic approach to critical thinking.

Team Members, F., & Cloete, A. (2001, June), Solving Problems or Problem Solving: What are we teaching our students? Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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