When will I be free from problems?
If you asked yourself this question often then, I'm sorry to announce to you that you will never be free from problems. In fact, there is no life without problems. Look around you, everywhere is full of problems.
We live in a generation where your ability to solve problems is your greatest asset. What you can do determines what you can get.
You solve problems in order to get your own problems solved. Think about it. The work you do is all about solving problems. The reward or payment you received will be used by you to solve your problems.
No can boldly say he/she is problem free. Everyone you see have lots of problems. I strongly believe that our worth lies in our abilities to solve each other's problems.
Isn't it a good idea to learn how to solve problems? Of course it is. Then let's talk about problem solving. Are you ready? Okay let's go...
What we are going to learn here in this article is problem recognition, definition, and representation. We will call it the RDR of problem, that is Recognising, Defining, and Representing of problem.
RDR of problem are all mental level executive processes, which is named as the metacomponents in triarchic theory of human intelligence (Sternberg, 1985). According to this theory, metacomponents guide problem solving by planning, monitoring, and evaluating the problem solving process. This components consist of processes such as:
1. The recognition of the existence of a problem.
2. Defining the nature of the problem recognised.
3. The allocation of mental and physical resources to solving the problem.
4. The decision on how information concerning the problem is represented.
5. Generation of the set of steps necessary in solving the problem.
6. The combination of these steps into a workable strategy for problem solution.
7. The monitoring of the problem solving process while it is ongoing. And
8. Evaluating the solution to the problem after problem solving is completed.
Problem recognition is not new. It is one of the earliest stage of problem solving and it is known as problem finding. This is used to classify problem. The classification is based on how problems are found (Getzels,1982). Three types of problems have been identified which are:
A. Problems that are presented.
B. Problems that are discovered. And
C. Problems that are created.
The problem that is presented is one which is presented to the solver for a solution. A discovered problem must be recognised as a problem by the solver him/her self. Problems that are created are invented problems invented by the solver.
Research has shown that various influence problem solving performance. Among these are Knowledge, cognitives processes and strategies, individual differences in ability and disposition as well as external factors such as social context.
With this knowledge you can help in solving the problems our society is facing. Think deeply and critically. You are a solution to lots of problems. You hold the key to lots of people's freedom. Look around you, what can you see?
What I'm doing now is solving a problem. I'm sharing what I learned so that someone can have that knowledge to make a good and sound decision. You got to do the same. Look around you. What problem can you recognise? Can you solve it?
All of our economic activities revolves around solving problems. Productivity is the act of solving problems.
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