and Importance of Problem Solving
E. Paul Torrance's definition of creativity fully describes problem solving and suggests the skills needed to reach this higher-level goal:
the process of sensing problems or gaps in information,
forming ideas or hypotheses, testing and modifying
these hypotheses, and communicating the results (Tor-
A problem is [a question or situation that presents doubt, perplexity, or difficulty or a question offered for consideration, discussion, or solutions" (Webster 1995). Problems are ever-present in the lives of adults and children. Early in life, preschoolers learn to say [I have a problem] and apply the phrase to everything from a broken crayon to muddy shoes. Adults spend a great deal of time worrying about their own problems, which range from how to get three kids to various ball practices on the same afternoon to devastating financial or health problems. The ability to solve problems is highly important and should be a significant part of educational training.