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Guide to Teaching Puzzle-based Learning

Meyer, E.F., Falkner, N., Sooriamurthi, R., Michalewicz, Z.

2014, XVI, 345 p. 117 illus., 19 illus. in color.

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  • Presents a range of general problem-solving strategies that transcend disciplines
  • Highlights the importance of introspection and the value of meta-level reasoning in the problem-solving process
  • Examines the development of the student in terms of their understanding of knowledge and epistemological progress

Puzzle-based Learning is a foundational approach to develop the critical thinking skills and mental stamina essential for solving real-world problems.

This Guide to Teaching Puzzle-based Learning provides invaluable insights drawn from the authors’ extensive experience in teaching Puzzle-based Learning. Practical advice is provided for teachers and lecturers evaluating a range of different formats for varying class sizes, based on results from classes taught in many different countries.

Topics and features:

  • Suggests numerous entertaining puzzles designed to motivate students to think about framing and solving unstructured problems
  • Discusses models for student engagement, setting up puzzle clubs, hosting a puzzle competition, and various warm-up activities
  • Presents an overview of effective teaching approaches used in Puzzle-based Learning, covering a variety of class activities, assignment settings and assessment strategies
  • Examines the issues involved in framing a problem, and reviews a range of problem-solving strategies
  • Contains tips for teachers and notes on common student pitfalls throughout the text
  • Provides a collection of puzzle sets for use during a Puzzle-based Learning event, including puzzles that require probabilistic reasoning, and logic and geometry puzzles

This unique textbook/guide will be of great interest to instructors on all levels who wish to experiment with the Puzzle-based Learning approach. This approach has been successfully applied in universities, high schools, professional organizations and leading companies.

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Related subjects » General Issues - Learning & Instruction - Science Education

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