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The Effects of Solid Modeling and Visualization on Technical Problem Solving

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Douglas Koch ,

Southeast Missouri State University, US
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An Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast Missouri State University. 

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Mark Sanders

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, US
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A Professor in Integrative STEM Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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Abstract

Technology education and many other fields are placing increased emphasis on problem solving. The Standards for Technological Literacy (STL) state that “Problem solving is basic to technology” (ITEA, 2000, p. 90). Jonassen (2000, p. 63) contends that “most psychologists and educators regard problem solving as the most important learning outcome for life.” “Problem solving is a critical process skill that involves virtually all aspects of existence” (Wu, Custer, & Dyrenfurth, 1996, p. 56). “Virtually everyone, in their everyday and professional lives, regularly solves problems” (Jonassen, 2000, p. 63). All problems are not the same and must be approached differently than rote or component skills (Westberry, 2003). The fields of Technology and Technology Education place strong emphasis on problem solving and application, as teachers strive to promote technological literacy.
How to Cite: Koch, D., & Sanders, M. (2011). The Effects of Solid Modeling and Visualization on Technical Problem Solving. Journal of Technology Education, 22(2), 3–21. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jte.v22i2.a.1
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Published on 22 Mar 2011.
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