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.