Approaches to Decision Making and Problem Solving



How do humans think?

Step 1: Identify a problem you would like to solve.

Think about the problems you are now encountering or may be encountering in the future. Consider problems about relationships, money, living arrangements, school, career, family, friends, or others. Document your problem by writing a paragraph about it.

Step 2: Research various approaches to problem solving.

Use the information in the textbook and perform research on the Internet or other resources to find multiple approaches for solving problems. Key search terms: analogy heuristic, backward search or working backward, means-end analysis, and algorithm. It is recommended that you conduct research through our Online Library (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. or use a scholarly internet search. Wikipedia is not allowed.

Step 3: Use three of the problem-solving approaches and apply each of them to your problem by creating a 3-4 page essay or 7-10 slide PowerPoint.