Problem Solving with Industry

Problem Solving with Industry originally consisted of 30 short problem-solving exercises devised by the Centre for Science Education Sheffield Hallam University in collaboration with a range of industries. A selection of these units were updated and revised to match the requirements of GNVQ Science in 1995. It is this selection which features in this collection.

Teaching and learning
The development of these resources drew on the ideas and strategies given in another project developed at the Centre for Science Education: Active Teaching and Learning Approaches in Science (ATLAS).

The GRASP approach to problem solving
The modules in this series introduce students to the GRASP (Getting Results And Solving Problems) approach as an effective tool when planning, organising and carrying out work. The Comino Foundation's GRASP approach is much more than just another problem solving approach.

The process itself has four elements which can be summarised:
* Select the purpose or objective and the criteria for success;
* Generate different ways of achieving the purpose or objectives, compare with criteria and select the most promising;
* Put the chosen plan into operation and control the process;
* Review continually each operation and the results.

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Tutor Support Manual

This manual introduces teachers to the approaches adopted in the Problem Solving with Industry series, devised by the Centre for Science Education. The authors describe problem solving as a composite skill, enabling the development of a wide range of personal communication, enterprise, scientific and technological...
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1990 - 1999

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Dam Algae!

This Problem Solving with Industry module was devised by the Centre for Science Education in collaboration with Yorkshire Water. In this module students study the problem of blue-green algae in an upland reservoir.Tasks* Task 1 - reading a newspaper article about a reservoir turning green, and responding to a memo...
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1990 - 1999

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Why Did the Rope Break?

This Problem Solving with Industry module was devised by the Centre for Science Education in collaboration with Bridon Ropes Ltd of Doncaster. In this module students study the structure of rope and by carrying out some investigations, look at some properties of ropes and the materials used to make them.Tasks* Task 1...
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1990 - 1999

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Building a Superstore

This Problem Solving with Industry module was devised by the Centre for Science Education in collaboration with Hadfield, Cawkwell, Davidson and Partners. In this module students, working in teams, are asked to come up with plans for a new DIY superstore.Tasks* Task 1 – drawing up a list of the types of materials that...
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1990 - 1999

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