Solving the Puzzle: The Key Factors in Effective Problem-Solving

We cordially invite you to the institute seminar titled “Solving the Puzzle: The Key Factors in Effective Problem-Solving”, where researchers from our institute, including Azizul Wicaksono, Peter Šebáň, Matúš Brziak, and Kamila Urban will present the results of their latest research focused on the factors influencing the solving of ill-defined problems among students. The seminar will be conducted in English.
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Solving the Puzzle: The Key Factors in Effective Problem-Solving
Azizul Wicaksono, Peter Šebáň, Matúš Brziak, Kamila Urban (Institute for Research in Social Comunication SAS)

Monday, 10.6.2024, at 14:00

Abstract: Problem-solving is a crucial skill for succeeding in the 21st century and is essential for navigating our dynamic, modern society. Fostering students’ problem solving is a challenge that requires the identification of various (meta)cognitive, motivational, personal, and social factors that enable students to solve various problems effectively. In our study, we aimed to investigate these factors in a comprehensive manner to gain a clearer picture of their combined influence on students’ problem-solving performance. Our findings reveal that metacognitive skills significantly boost both the accuracy and originality of problem-solving solutions. Additionally, while reading self-efficacy was positively linked to reading comprehension, we found no direct effect on problem-solving performance. Conversely, reading comprehension had a moderate but significant impact on problem-solving. Interestingly, creative self-efficacy did not show a direct connection to problem-solving, but it was indirectly related through divergent thinking, which was positively associated with the originality of solutions.