Peculiarities of Manifestation of Problem Solving Competence in Population of Primary School Children and Teachers Cover Image

Gebėjimo spręsti problemas raiškos ypatumai pradinių klasių mokinių ir mokytojų populiacijoje
Peculiarities of Manifestation of Problem Solving Competence in Population of Primary School Children and Teachers

Author(s): Rasa Pocevičienė
Subject(s): Education
Published by: Lietuvos edukologijos universitetas
Keywords: Primary school children; primary school teacher; competence in population

Summary/Abstract: Our research was devoted to revealing the peculiarities of manifestation of problem solving ability in population of primary school children and teachers. The analysis of the level of development of people's ability to solve problems indicates that both the groups of respondents (pupils and teachers) have only the second level of development of their problem solving competence. This means that they are not enough prepared for an independent, creative and critical problem solving process and that they have not enough competence in evaluation of a performed situation and themselves in this situation and that they could not make adequate decisions either. Even if teachers have had quite good opinion about the developmental level of different components of their ability to solve problems (according to their opinion, approximately all the abilities mentioned, i.e. ability to decide independently (69.5%), ability to make the most optimal decision (55.3%), ability to recognise and evaluate the performed situation and oneself (45-5%), ability to decide creatively and critically (50.8%), ability to overcome difficulties (51.2%), ability to compensate some lacks of one's abilities (48%), ability to plan one's activities and time (49.6%), ability to realise the decision made (61%), ability to carry out the obligations well and in time (45.9%) become apparent in their activities frequently (p < 0,01)), we could not evaluate such situation as sufficient because we are talking about teachers — the persons who are teaching and developing pupils — a new generation who will live and act in the modern changing society, in which the ability to solve problems and to act responsibly would be very important. It is known that developing a feature, ability, attitude or something else becomes impossible if the teacher himself/ herself has not developed this definite element or feature.

  • Issue Year: 2004
  • Issue No: 70
  • Page Range: 160-164
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Lithuanian