Risk, Failure and Uncertainty - An essay on the habits and attitudes beneficial to solving complex problems
A Reevaluation of Instructional Objectives
The new title suggests that problem solving should supersede course content as the primary instructional objective. In this light, organic chemistry content is the means to acquire better problem solving skills. A course which develops the habits and attitudes beneficial to solving difficult problems is likely to produce greater value for the majority of the students enrolled in my course. After all, learning to solve problems, particularly the kind of complex, open-ended problems encountered in organic chemistry, has relevance and meaning to every future professional.
In tomorrow's post I'll illustrate a framework for solving complex problems.