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The Craft of College TeachingA Practical Guide$
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Robert DiYanni and Anton Borst

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691183800

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691183800.001.0001

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Teaching as Creative Problem-Solving

Teaching as Creative Problem-Solving

(p.213) Epilogue Teaching as Creative Problem-Solving
The Craft of College Teaching

Robert DiYanni

Anton Borst

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter argues that teaching requires and exemplifies creative problem-solving. Designing a course and syllabus, aligning exams and assignments with course goals and objectives, planning lectures and class discussions, motivating students, developing grading rubrics and assessment tools, using technology—these and other aspects of teaching require problem definition and problem-solving. The chapter considers how one might implement problem-solving approaches not just in the design and construction of courses but also in how they are being taught. Furthermore, the chapter explores ways in which teachers can cultivate students' ability to experiment, imagine, and reflect. Helping students identify problems worth solving and how the problem-solving process can be molded for them is also discussed. Finally, the chapter considers how teachers can support their critical and creative thinking as they engage in problem-solving activities and projects.

Keywords:   creative problem-solving, teaching, problem definition, problem-solving approaches, problem-solving process, creative thinking, critical thinking

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