TECHNOLOGY: concerned with the phenomenon of the human shaped
world. when we "do technology" we obtain artifacts and solutions to problems.
The Problem Solving Process
There are many strategies that can be used in the learning process. Problem solving requires you to use
your ingenuity and investigative abilities.
 State the Problem What are you trying to do?
 Background Information Why is this important?
 Propose a Solution What are the assumptions and limitations?
 Select a Solution What solution do you like the most?
 Test the Solution How well does it solve the problem?
 Evaluate the Solution Do you think you can do better?
 Conclusion After comparing solutions, what did you find out?
IDEATE
Identify & Define the Problem Define the Desired Goal Explore Possible Solutions Assess the Alternatives for an
Optimal Solution Take Action on the Best Possible Solution Evaluate
the Match of the Desired Goal and the Actual Result Todd, Activity ACT Manual, pg. 179
IDEAL Identify the problem. Define and represent the problem. Explore possible strategies. Act on the strategies. Look back and evaluate the effects of your activities. Bransford & Stein, The
Ideal Problem Solver, pg. 12
