Dave Moursund

Introduction to Problem Solving in the Information Age
David Moursund

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Moursund, D.G. (10/24/07). Introduction to problem solving in the Information Age. Eugene, Oregon: Information Age Education. Retrieved (give date) http://uoregon.edu/~moursund/Books/IAE-PS/index.htm

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed; it's the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead)

In this book, the term problem solving includes posing and solving problems, posing and accomplishing tasks, posing and answering questions, and posing and making decisions. Problem solving is an integral component of every academic discipline.

The Information Age officially began in the United States in 1956 when the number of "white collar" workers first exceeded the number of “blue collar” workers.

The primary audience of this book is preservice and inservice teachers, and others who help students to learn. The goal of this book is to help K-12 students get better at problem solving in the various disciplines they study.

We get better at problem solving through informal and formal education, and through reflective practice. We also get better at problem solving through learning to make effective use of tools. In some sense, a tool incorporates the problem-solving insights of the inventor of the tool. When you learn to make effective use of a tool, you are building upon the knowledge and skills inherent to the tool.

This is true whether the tool is designed to aid your physical capabilities or your mental capabilities. A bicycle, motorbike, and a piece of factory machinery are aids to one's physical capabilities. Reading, writing, and a library are aids to one's mental capabilities.

This book explores how Information and Communication Technology (including calculators and computers) aid both your physical capabilities and your mental capabilities. By learning to make effective use of ICT tools, you can improve your problem-solving capabilities.

David Moursund

10/24/07

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