Guide to Teaching Puzzle-based Learning

  • Edwin F. Meyer III
  • Nickolas Falkner
  • Raja Sooriamurthi
  • Zbigniew Michalewicz

Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Motivation and Teaching

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 3-12
    3. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 13-20
    4. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 21-35
    5. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 37-63
  3. Tools, Tips, and Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-67
    2. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 69-94
    3. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 95-105
    4. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 107-121
    5. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 123-136
    6. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 137-147
    7. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 149-158
    8. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 159-184
  4. Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-186
    2. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 187-232
    3. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 233-258
    4. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 259-286
    5. Edwin F. Meyer III, Nickolas Falkner, Raja Sooriamurthi, Zbigniew Michalewicz
      Pages 287-334
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 335-345

About this book

Introduction

Puzzle-based Learning is a foundational approach to develop the critical thinking skills and mental stamina essential for solving real-world problems.

This Guide to Teaching Puzzle-based Learning provides invaluable insights drawn from the authors’ extensive experience in teaching Puzzle-based Learning. Practical advice is provided for teachers and lecturers evaluating a range of different formats for varying class sizes, based on results from classes taught in many different countries.

Topics and features:

  • Suggests numerous entertaining puzzles designed to motivate students to think about framing and solving unstructured problems
  • Discusses models for student engagement, setting up puzzle clubs, hosting a puzzle competition, and various warm-up activities
  • Presents an overview of effective teaching approaches used in Puzzle-based Learning, covering a variety of class activities, assignment settings and assessment strategies
  • Examines the issues involved in framing a problem, and reviews a range of problem-solving strategies
  • Contains tips for teachers and notes on common student pitfalls throughout the text
  • Provides a collection of puzzle sets for use during a Puzzle-based Learning event, including puzzles that require probabilistic reasoning, and logic and geometry puzzles

This unique textbook/guide will be of great interest to instructors on all levels who wish to experiment with the Puzzle-based Learning approach. This approach has been successfully applied in universities, high schools, professional organizations and leading companies.

Authors and affiliations

  • Edwin F. Meyer III
    • 1
  • Nickolas Falkner
    • 2
  • Raja Sooriamurthi
    • 3
  • Zbigniew Michalewicz
    • 4
  1. 1.Baldwin Wallace UniversityBereaUSA
  2. 2.University of AdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  4. 4.University of AdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4471-6476-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-6475-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-6476-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1863-7310
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-1781
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