Thinking and Problem Solving

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Robert J. Sternberg
Elsevier, 1994 - Psychology - 461 pages
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Thinking and Problem-Solving presents a comprehensive and up-to-date review of literature on cognition, reasoning, intelligence, and other formative areas specific to this field. Written for advanced undergraduates, researchers, and academics, this volume is a necessary reference for beginning and established investigators in cognitive and educational psychology.
Thinking and Problem-Solving provides insight into questions such as: how do people solve complex problems in mathematics and everyday life? How do we generate new ideas? How do we piece together clues to solve a mystery, categorize novel events, and teach others to do the same?

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* Provides a comprehensive literature review
* Covers both historical and contemporary approaches
* Organized for ease of use and reference
* Chapters authored by leading scholars
  

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Contents

History of Research on Thinking
1
Later Developments
8
Contemporary Approaches to the Study
37
Knowledge Representation
81
Concepts and Categories
119
Deduction and Its Cognitive Basis
149
Inductive Reasoning
179
Problem Solving
211
Understanding Human Problem Solving
230
Intelligence
263
Lubart
289
The Creative Process
314
Summary and Conclusions
323
Development of Problem Solving
333
The Teaching of Thinking and Problem Solving
409
Index
451

Historical and Modern Approaches to the Study
217
Limitations on Representations Introduced
224

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