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Fifty Problem Solving Strategies: Explained

Fifty Problem Solving Strategies: Explained

The comprehensive nature of the list of problem solving strategies allows individuals to use a checklist approach to problem solving. It also could facilitate training others in problem solving. The classification of the strategies into types may facilitate the development of new strategies that fit into a specific category. The explanations and examples given could serve as a valuable supplement to other explanations and examples available in books and on the web.

The strategies on this list are in themselves not original. The original aspects of this list are (a) putting all these specific strategies together, (b) organizing them into the types described below, and (c) giving each type of strategy a fresh explanation with new examples.

Resource prepared by by John Malouff, Ph.D., J.D.


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