Problem Solving

An outline of problem solving by Creative Problem Solving Group and Center for Creative Learning.

  • Treffinger, Donald J., Edwin C. Selby, and Scott G. Isaksen. ‘Understanding Individual Problem-Solving Style: A Key to Learning and Applying Creative Problem Solving’. Learning and Individual Differences, Including Special Issue on Creativity, 18, no. 4 (2008): 390–401.

Metacomponents of problem solving include:

  1. recognizing the existence of a problem
  2. defining the nature of the problem
  3. allocating mental and physical resources to solving the problem
  4. deciding how to represent information about the problem
  5. generating the set of steps needed to solve the problem
  6. combining these steps into a workable strategy for problem solution
  7. monitoring the problem-solving process while it is ongoing
  8. evaluating the solution to the problem after problem solving is completed
  • Sternberg, Robert J. Beyond IQ: A Triarchic Theory of Human Intelligence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.