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The Psychology of Problem Solving


reviewed by William Altman 2004

coverTitle: The Psychology of Problem Solving
Author(s): Janet E. Davidson and Robert J. Sternberg (Editors)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0521797411, Pages: 194, Year: 2003
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Problem solving is the basis of how we frame our questions, choose strategies with which to seek answers, and determine ways in which to share our findings. Problem solving determines what we decide to teach, how we teach it, and how we discover when it has been learned. Moreover, as the editors point out, it is central to daily life. In The Psychology of Problem Solving, Janet E. Davidson and Robert J. Sternberg have gathered an outstanding group of researchers to provide a look at the history and the current state of problem solving research. The richness of the discussion throughout the various chapters, and the sheer quantity of information used to illustrate each point of view are impressive. As Kenneth Kotovsky points out in the final chapter, several themes organize the thinking of the various authors, and echo from chapter to chapter. Among the most important themes are the representation of problems, the nature of expertise, and the comparison of the problem solving processes of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 944-948
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11227, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 2:13:40 AM

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  • William Altman
    Broome Community College
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    WILLIAM ALTMAN is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Services at Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Measurement from Cornell University in 1999.
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