1st Edition

Problem Solving for Teaching and Learning A Festschrift for Emeritus Professor Mike Lawson

Edited By Helen Askell-Williams, Janice Orrell Copyright 2020
    308 Pages
    by Routledge

    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    Problem Solving for Teaching and Learning explores the importance of problem solving to learning in everyday personal and social contexts.

    This book is divided into four sections: Setting the scene; Conceptualising problem solving; Teachers’ knowledge and beliefs about problem solving; and Fostering students’ problem-solving capabilities, allowing readers to gain an insight into the various sub-topics that problem solving in learning and teaching introduce. Drawing together diverse perspectives on problem solving located in a variety of educational settings, this book explores problem solving theory, including its cognitive architecture, as well as attending to its translation into teaching and learning in a range of settings, such as education and social environments. This book also suggests how effective problem-solving activities can be incorporated more explicitly in learning and teaching and examines the benefits of this approach.

    The ideas developed in Problem Solving for Teaching and Learning will act as a catalyst for transforming practices in teaching, learning, and social engagement in formal and informal educational settings, making this book an essential read for education academics and students specialising in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and problem solving.

    Section 1: Setting the Scene

    Chapter 1: Michael Lawson: Teacher of Teachers and Researchers, and Academic Citizen

    Janice Orrell

    Chapter 2: Learning is a Problem-solving Activity

    Helen Askell-Williams

    Section 2: Conceptualising Problem Solving

    Chapter 3: Human Problem Solving and Instructional Design

    John Sweller

    Chapter 4: Academic Challenges as Opportunities to Learn to Self-regulate Learning

    Allyson F. Hadwin

    Sarah K. Davis

    Aishah Bakhtiar

    Philip H. Winne

    Chapter 5: Word Knowledge Quality and Literacy

    John R. Kirby

    Chapter 6: Developing Problem Solving and Other General Capabilities: What Will It Take and How Can We Be Sure of Success?

    David D. Curtis

    Chapter 7: Messy Problems of Personal and Family Life: Solving Inheritance Problems

    Jeanette A. Lawrence

    Section 3: Teachers’ Knowledge and Beliefs about Problem Solving

    Chapter 8: Teachers’ Beliefs and Knowledge

    Stella Vosniadou

    Chapter 9: The Quality of Knowledge and Beliefs that Teachers Use When Solving Teaching and Learning Problems

    Helen Askell-Williams

    Shyam Barr

    Ernest Ngendahavo

    Chapter 10: Problematising Assessment of Student Learning

    Janice Orrell

    Shani Sniedze-Gregory

    Chapter 11: Types of Knowledge Teachers Use When Solving Educational Problems: A Case Study of the Implementation of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) Program

    Ann Lendrum

    Helen Askell-Williams

    Section 4: Fostering Students’ Problem-solving Capabilities

    Chapter 12: Problem Solving by Students with Intellectual Disability

    Carol Le Lant

    Chapter 13: What Gifted Students and a Regular Class of Primary School Students Know and Do about Problem Solving

    Penny Van Deur

    Chapter 14: Problem Solving Using the Keyword Method and Mental Imagery During Vocabulary Recall

    Mirella Wyra

    Chapter 15: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Problem-solving Practice When Learning Basic Addition Facts

    Sarah Hopkins

    Chapter 16: Problem Solving in Mathematics: Evidence of High-gain Strategies

    Katherine L. Dix

    Chapter 17: Synergy between Teachers’ Knowledge and Students’ Learning: Perspectives from Research on Mathematics Education

    Mohan Chinnappan

    Chapter 18: Reflections on a Ten-year Research Partnership with Glenunga International High School

    Alan Barnes

    Bruce White


    Helen Askell-Williams (PhD) is an Associate Professor of Education at Flinders University. Helen teaches cognitive psychology and educational practice and building positive mental health in school communities. Her research focusses on teachers' and learners' knowledge about learning, and on promoting student wellbeing and positive mental health. Her most recent research is leading an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant project, Sustainability of Effective Educational Initiatives, investigating features that support the long-term success of educational programs.

    Janice Orrell is an Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Assessment in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University. Her work largely focusses on assessment and work integrated learning in higher education. Her recent research focusses on initial teacher education and pre-service teachers’ thinking about the work and role of teachers. She works with a non-formal school for tribal and Dalit women in southern India focussing on non-formal education for liberation and empowerment.