Sharpening Problem-Solving Skills in Students

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As the world progresses towards an automated workforce, educators and policymakers around the globe have agreed that there is not enough emphasis on teaching problem-solving skills in higher education. A recent study conducted by Adobe concluded that although educators agree that teaching problem-solving skills is a critical component of preparing students for future jobs, 69% of educators stressed that those skills were not emphasized as strongly as they would like [1]. According to Campus Technology, one consistent issue, across all sectors of education, is inadequate access to software in the classroom and at home [1]. The lack of access to these creative technologies creates barriers for educators to teach and nurture creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to their students [2].

Some of the more substantial barriers reported by educators are direct causes of budget cuts, lack of funding, and outdated standardized testing requirements found in many public school systems [2]. Addressing these concerns requires small, yet significant changes in schools and policies to improved plans for instructional training and technology funding to ensure accessibility and equity in the classroom [1].

For more information, read the full article on Campus Technology.

References

[1] “Creative Problem Solving,” Adobe, January 24, 2018. [Online]. Available: cps.adobeeducate.com/ [Accessed July 11, 2018].

[2] J. Bolkan, “Educators, Policymakers Say Problem Solving is Important, Not Emphasized in School,” Campus Technology, January 24, 2018. [Online]. Available:  https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/24/educators-policymakers-say-problem-solving-is-important-not-emphasized-in-school.aspx. [Accessed July 11, 2018].