International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

An Educational Problem-Solving Strategy Promoting Team-work and Interdisciplinary Assessment through Mathematical Conceptual Comprehension
Nancy W. Morgan, Lyndsay M. Morgan

Business presents challenges as persons from various places and disciplines must collaborate to produce a successful outcome. What each person brings to the workplace is unique, yet experiences gained throughout adolescence and adulthood should better prepare the individual for working within the confines of the issues through application of academic preparation. Consider strategies for effective problem-solving (Zwilling, 2011), which are not unlike those which are utilized in doing school-work, such as through addressing word problems. For example, to note just a few…“Take the time to define the problem clearly”; “Iteratively question the cause of the problem”; “Identify multiple possible solutions, followed by “Prioritize [a] potential solution”. The use of word problems to enhance the interdisciplinary experience also provides an assessment tool and a model for ways to engage teams in problem-solving. Communication skills that are necessary for success in the workplace begin well before the persons become adults. This article will strive to introduce the reader to ways that schools may continue to, or begin to become more conscientious in preparing youth for future success.

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