The McMaster Problem Solving (MPS) program

by Don Woods

 

What is problem solving?

The MPS program and evaluation of its effectiveness

Design of an MPS unit

 

MPS Units 1 to 18: focus on individuals solving relatively well-defined problems

I have tried to give background, objectives, timing sheets and transparencies for the Units as I complete the documentation. You may use these in your context. I would appreciate your acknowledging the source.

  1. Awareness

    Background
    Objectives
    Evidence-based targets to improve problem solving
    Workshop
    Self Assessment Journal
    Visuals for workshop power point

  2. What is Problem Solving?

    Background
    Timing sheets
    Workshop Visuals

  3. Self-assessment

    Background
    Objectives
    Evidence-based targets to improve problem solving
    Timing Sheets
    Workshop Visuals
    Workshop activities
    Self Assessment Journal
    Workshop Visual Power Point

  4. Strategies

    Background
    Objectives
    Timing sheets
    Evidence-based targets to improve problem solving
    Workshop
    Visuals for Workshop Power Point

  5. I want to and I can: Stress Management

    Background
    Objectives
    Evidence-based targets to improve problem solving
    Workshop
    Visuals for Workshop
    Self-Assessment Journal
    Visuals for Workshop Power Point

  6. Analysis: classification

    Background
    Objectives
    Evidence-based targets to improve problem solving
    Visuals for workshop
    Self-Assessment Journal

  7. Creativity

    Background
    Objectives
    Evidence-based targets to improve problem solving
    Visuals for Workshop

  8. Define the stated problem

    Background
    Objectives
    Evidence-based targets to improve problem solving

  9. Translation

    Objectives
    Evidence-based targets to improve problem solving

  10. Getting Unstuck
  11. Identifying Personal Preference and Implications

    Objectives
    The Unique You
    Visuals for workshop
    Self assessment journal
    Visuals for workshop Power Point

  12. Learning Skills

    Objectives
    Evidence-based targets
    Timing sheets
    Workshops
    Visuals for workshop

  13. Analysis: Consistency
  14. Creating the Look Back and Extending Experiences Objectives
  15. Exploring the Situation to Identify the Real Problem
  16. Tactics
  17. Time Management for Individuals

    Objectives
    Workshop
    Visuals for Workshop
    Self Assessment Journal

  18. Evaluation and Stress Management.

MPS Units 19 to 29 (and 52): focus on interpersonal skills and group problems solving

  1. More on Visual Thinking: Reading P&IDs
  2. Asking Questions
  3. Analysis: Sequences and Series
  4. Broadening Perspectives
  5. Obtaining Criteria
  6. Decision making
  7. Time Management for groups and projects
  8. Listening and Responding: a) Attending and following b) Body language c) Reflecting
  9. Listening and responding: body language
  10. Group Skills

    Objectives
    Targets
    Workshop activities
    Visuals for workshop
    Timing Sheets

  11. Being an Effective Chairperson

    Background
    Objectives
    Evidence-based target
    Workshop activities

MPS Units 30 to 57: focus on solving messy problems

  1. Analysis: Reasoning and Drawing Conclusions

    Objectives
    Evidence-based targets
    Workshop notes
    Workshop activities

  2. Defining Real Problems
  3. Implementing
  4. Coping with Ambiguity
  5. Trouble Shooting

    Background
    Objectives
    Evidence-based targets
    Workshop activities
    Workshop triad Instructions

  6. Heuristics or Rules-of-thumb for Problem Solving
  7. Self-Directed Learning: or Problem-based Learning

    Objectives
    Workshop Activities
    Suggestions for students
    Target
    Visuals

  8. Simplifying and Generalizing
  9. Consolidating the Knowledge Structure
  10. Creating Tacit Information or Experience Knowledge
  11. Successive Approximation and Optimum Sloppiness
  12. Finding Opportunities
  13. Procrastination and other Attitudes
  14. Giving and Receiving Feedback
  15. Assertiveness
  16. Coping Creatively with Conflict
  17. Coping with Difficult Behaviours
  18. Accentuating the Negative
  19. Communication

    Objectives
    Target
    Workshop Activities
    Visuals Part 1
    Visuals Part 2

  20. Coping with Change
  21. Being a Change Agent
  22. Managing Change
  23. Fundamentals of Interpersonal skills (see previous grouping)

    Workshop Activities 1
    Workshop Activities 2

  24. Effective Teams and Team building
  25. Goals, Mission and Vision
  26. Roles and Responsibilities in Teams
  27. Networking: How to enrich your Life and Get Things Done
  28. Convincing Others: Getting a Buy-in
  29. Leadership
  30. Anger Management
  31. Motivation
  32. Emotional Intelligence