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The Noble Art of Problem Solving: A Critical View on a Swedish National Test
Högskolan i Gävle, Elektronik.
Vasaskolan, Gävle.
2013 (English)In: Technology Teachers as Researchers: Philosophical and Empirical Technology Education Studies in the Swedish TUFF Research School / [ed] Inga-Britt Skogh & Marc J De Vries, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers , 2013, 1, p. 101-117Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Problem solving is compared to telling a good story. The example given is taken from a high-school (upper secondary) national test in Mathematics, but the idea proposed in the article can be applied to any subject in Science or Technology/Engineering concerning problem solving. The authors are critical reviewing the assessment method suggested by the Swedish authorities. A modified way of setting up the solution in steps is given. The steps are logically built referring to the way of telling a good story of any kind.

Storytelling in problem solving is divided into six steps:

 • The Prologue: Recite the task literally.

 • The Preamble: The storyteller’s own description of the task. Discussion of what information given in the task is relevant for the solution process.

 • The plot: The mathematical solution, with all assumptions, statements, and disposition, is presented.

 • The building of tension: Numeric values ​​are processed according to the preamble and the plot.

 • The Resolution: The answer to the problem is presented and clarified.

 • The Epilogue: The answer is checked to be reasonable and representative for the problem. A check if everything is taken into account that should be considered.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rotterdam: Sense Publishers , 2013, 1. p. 101-117
Series
International Technology Education Studies ; 12
Keywords [en]
Problem solving, high-school, mathematics, tell a good story, division in steps, national test, assessment
Keywords [sv]
Problemlösning, gymnasium, matematik, konsten att berätta en god historia, uppdelning i steg, nationellt prov, bedömning
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Educational Sciences Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-30066ISBN: 978-94-6209-441-3 (print)ISBN: 978-94-6209-442-0 (print)ISBN: 978-94-6209-443-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-30066DiVA, id: diva2:1316687
Available from: 2014-01-09 Created: 2019-05-20 Last updated: 2019-05-20Bibliographically approved

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