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This book is about problems, but it is also about how people can become better problem solvers. One process that is commonly accepted as an exemplary procedure for solving problems is Creative Problem Solving. This six-step process uses both creative and critical thinking to analyze problems and select the best solution. Pickles, Problems and Dilemmas is a companion book any course in Creative Problem Solving. Eighty-four problem situations are presented in cleverly-illustrated formats, covering everything from whimsical to serious. These problems can be used in conjunction with any course in CPS or they can be used for: writing prompts, moral development, drama, discussions, current events, decision making, and brainstorming.
Whether you teach Creative Problem Solving or not, you will find that the situations presented in this book will provide a plethora of thought-provoking material for many classroom learning situations. Just pick a problem and you've taken your first step toward successful problem solving.
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Dianne Draze holds both a BA in education with a major in mathematics and a MA in curriculum and instruction. Beginning her tenure in the field of education in 1968, she has found many ways to enrich the educational experiences of children. She taught upper elementary grades, junior high mathematics, English and history, gifted programs for grades 1 through 8, and education classes at the university level.
Ms. Draze founded Dandy Lion Publications in 1977, creating a publishing house that specialized in curriculum materials that were appropriate for able learners and gifted students, that combined motivating content with challenging activities, and that were easy for teachers to use. In the capacity of owner and editor, she wrote over 50 books and edited an additional 119 books. Her goal, whether writing or editing, was to create materials that would engage students in thinking, creating, making new discoveries, and applying what they learned to new situation. A person with a great curiosity, she has written curriculum guides on many topics and is always interested in whatever topic she is currently researching or editing.
Ms. Draze has retired from full-time involvement in Dandy Lion Publications and currently consults, writes and edits on a part-time basis.
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