30. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Housekeeping:

  1. I am currently rethinking about our course plan to reduce the number of the projects. I will finalize the plan and let you know the revised plan on Wednesday.
  2. We don’t need a laptop today. 🙂

PART I. Problem solving activities

Critical thinking is a way of deciding whether a claim is true, partially true, or false. Critical thinking is a process that leads to skills that can be learned, mastered and used. Critical thinking is a tool by which one can come about reasoned conclusions based on a reasoned process. This process incorporates passion and creativity, but guides it with discipline, practicality and common sense.
(From Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_thinking)

As you can see, critical thinking is important to solve a problem. So we’re going to do problem solving activities related to both. You can work on these activities with your peers.

PART II. Problem solving group discussion
Within your group – respond to one of the following questions:

1. There are 2 types of problems: open-ended and close-ended. Which were your activities?
2. Could your activity be considered problem-based learning?
3. When have you experienced the problem-based learning approach in your classes? (What is problem-based learning?)

PART III. 3rd reading assignment (by March 26, Wednesday)
Here is our 3rd Reading assignment.

Shively, C. H. (2011). Grow creativity. Learning and Leading with Technology, 38(7), 10-15.

While reading this article, please briefly define the four dimensions that J.P. Guilford used to describe creativity. You DON’T NEED TO SUBMIT your summarized definitions of the four dimensions to me. We will discuss about this article on Wednesday.

For Wednesday:

  1. Newly updated plan will be announced.
  2. We will discuss about creativity.
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