Puzzle-based learning : an introduction to critical thinking, mathematics, and problem solving
Title By: Michalewicz, MatthewPublisher: Melbourne, Vic., Australia : Hybrid Publishers, c2008.Description: xiv, 328 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781876462635Program: CSIT131Subject(s): Simulation games in education | Puzzles | Critical thinking | Problem solving | AbilityDDC classification: 371.397 MI PU Online resources: Location Map
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pt. 1. Rules 1-2-3
The problem: what are you after?
Intuition: how good is it?
Modeling: let's think about the problem a bit more
pt. 2. Mathematical principles and problem types
Some mathematical principles
Constraints: how old are my children?
Optimization: what is the best arrangement?
Probability: coins, dice, boxes, and bears
Pattern recognition: waht is next?
Strategy: shall we play?
pt. 3. Puzzles and assignments
A smorgasbord of various puzzles
A smorgasbord of various assignments.
What is missing in most curricula - from elementary school all the way through to university education - is coursework focused on the development of problem-solving skills. Most students never learn how to think about solving problems. Besides being a lot of fun, a puzzle-based learning approach also does a remarkable job of convincing students that (a) science is useful and interesting, (b) the basic courses they take are relevant, (c) mathematics is not that scary (no need to hate it!), and (d) it is worthwhile to stay in school, get a degree, and move into the real world which is loaded with interesting problems (problems perceived as real-world puzzles).