Problem-Solving Skills & Attributes
Students who are problem solvers exhibit the following attributes
- Are willing to spend time reading, gathering information and defining the problem
[affective – level 2].
- Use a process, as well as a variety of tactics and heuristics to tackle problems [cognitive
– level 4].
- Monitor their problem-solving process and reflect upon its effectiveness [cognitive
– level 4].
- Emphasize accuracy rather than speed [affective – level 3].
- Write down ideas and create charts / figures, while solving a problem [cognitive –
- Are organized and systematic [affective – level 4].
- Are flexible (keep options open, can view a situation from different perspectives
/ points of view) [affective – level 4].
- Draw on the pertinent subject knowledge and objectively and critically assess the
quality, accuracy, and pertinence of that knowledge / data [cognitive – level 3].
- Are willing to risk and cope with ambiguity, welcoming change and managing stress
[affective – level 4].
- Use an approach that emphasizes fundamentals rather than trying to combine memorized
sample solutions [cognitive – level 4].