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The Nature of Problem Solving

Using Research to Inspire 21st Century Learning

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Solving non-routine problems is a key competence in a world full of changes, uncertainty and surprise where we strive to achieve so many ambitious goals. But the world is also full of solutions because of the extraordinary competences of humans who search for and find them. We must explore the world around us in a thoughtful way, acquire knowledge about unknown situations efficiently, and apply new and existing knowledge creatively.

The Nature of Problem Solving presents the background and the main ideas behind the development of the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving, as well as results from research collaborations that originated within the group of experts who guided the development of this assessment. It illustrates the past, present and future of problem-solving research and how this research is helping educators prepare students to navigate an increasingly uncertain, volatile and ambiguous world.

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Epilogue

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

As we finish the work of editing this book and look back at the process behind that effort, we have the feeling that it has simultaneously been one of the most inspiring experiences and one of the most challenging undertakings of our professional careers. The idea of creating a book on the state of the art of problem solving research was conceived in a series of formal and informal meetings among the authors, and it has been shaped in a number of discussions and e-mail exchanges since then.

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