IDE Corp
Professional Development for Innovative Schools

Higher-Order, Open-Ended Problem-Solving

Problem-Solving activities are the focus of the learning environment, setting a context within which to learn lower-order skills.

If students are to thrive in the 21st century, they are going to need to be able to solve higher-order, open-ended problems. No longer are we living in an industrialized society, where workers are given concrete, closed-ended tasks to complete in a specific period of time. Rather, we work in a world of rapid change, where the ability to solve problems quickly sets one apart from the rest. By presenting students with higher-order, open-ended problem-solving activities, teachers are able to set an authentic context within which to learn lower-order skills, while at the same time helping students develop the problem-solving strategies necessary for success in our 21st century society.