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Problem Solving

“Students will be able to use appropriate problem solving strategies to solve real world issues.

CITE experiences that include problem solving as a learning outcome may allow students to develop a problem when given a specific context and to create multiple strategies for solving the problem. They may require students to evaluate several components of problem solving, including possible solutions, the implementation process, and the outcomes of the activity.  Here are some examples of ways that problem solving can be integrated in a CITE project as a learning outcome:

  • Students interning with their local government are engaged in the process of coming up with potential solutions for homelessness that are culturally and contextually relevant.
  • Before presenting recommendations for expanding an after school program for middle school students, participants are required to create a rubric to evaluate each solution they create and to present their ranking and defense of each solution.
  • To address potential conflict that might arise in their teams, students are required to create guidelines for conflict resolution and, as part of their co-curricular experience, submit reflections on how they resolved any conflict.
CITE has developed the Problem Solving Rubric Template, based on AAC&U's Problem Solving VALUE Rubric, and the STEM Problem Solving Rubric Template to assist program leaders in developing their own rubrics for this learning outcome. You are welcome to draw on the linked editable files while designing a rubric for your program.