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Case Study 1: Problem Solving

Mr. Lee enjoys organizing his history class around problem statements. For example, when examining the Great Depression Mr. Lee split the class into groups and had each group research and address a different problem:
Group A:How can a country deal with mass unemployment?
Group B:What can be done about soaring high school drop-out rates?
Group C:How can a society address the growth of the homeless population?
Group D:How can a government regain the trust of its people?
During these activities, Mr. Lee helps his students classify the problem, research the time and events surrounding the problem, and begin to develop and evaluate possible solutions. Mr. Lee planned for this activity to take several class periods as well as time outside of class. He reserved the school computer lab for 2 class days and put several resources on hold in the school library. On the first day of the activity, after about 20 minutes of group discussion, Mr. Lee assessed his groups and noticed that

This activity contains 8 questions.

Question 1.
How might the problems Mr. Lee assigned to his class be classified?

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Question 2.
What should Mr. Lee keep in mind when doing these types of class activities? The nature of this task (problem) may

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Question 3.
Mr. Lee has students work on these problem-solving activities in groups. What must he keep in mind because of this decision?

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Question 4.
The assignment Mr. Lee gave to his students was to research and address a particular problem. Consider the structure of this assignment. Given this structure what should Mr. Lee do?

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Question 5.
Considering the guidelines for effective problem solving, which student group seems the most focused on the need to understand the problem?

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Question 6.
Which of the guidelines for effective problem solving was Group B most engaged in?

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Question 7.
If you were Mr. Lee, which guidelines for effective problem solving would you suggest Group A revisit, given their current progress?

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Question 8.
Which of Mr. Lee’s student groups seems to have made the most progress with regard to solving this problem?

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