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Assessing problem solving

David H. Jonassen

pp. 269-288

Methods for assessing problem-solving learning outcomes vary with the nature of the ­problem. For simpler well-structured problems, answer correctness and process may be used along with assessments of comprehension of problem schemas, including problem classification, text editing, and analogical comparisons. For more complex and ill-­structured problems that have no convergent answers, solution criteria, or solution methods, problem solving may be assessed by constructing and applying solution rubrics to assess mental simulations (scenarios), arguments in support of solutions, and student-constructed ­problems. Problem solving processes are normally assessed by coding schemes. In addition to assessing problem solutions, assessments of critical cognitive skills, including causal reasoning and student models, may be used to infer problem-solving skills.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-3185-5_22

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Jonassen, D. H. (2014)., Assessing problem solving, in J. Elen (ed.), Handbook of research on educational communications and technology, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 269-288.

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