Applying Problem Solving

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Applying Problem-Solving
PHL/251
February 27, 2012

Applying Problem-Solving
Critical thinking is imperative in problem-solving because it enables a person to make more informed decisions by analyzing and evaluating the problem creatively. To solve a problem one must identify the problem correctly, accumulate information and facts, and evaluate and monitor solutions (Kirby & Goodpaster, 2007). Persuasive and scientific thinking are methods to evaluate and analyze problem situations and determine how to solve the problems using a process and strategy. Two problems will be evaluated in the following paper. One problem will be solved with persuasive thinking and the other with scientific thinking. After carefully reviewing the creative critical thinking methods, a solution will be determined with a description on how the solution will solve the problem. Problem Situations

A problem situation that I have encountered is choosing a new elementary school for my child with autism. I choose a school based upon data provided by the Board of Education, state specialists, and other agencies. The school I choose has an autism learning center and my local public school system does not. For my child to attend this particular school chosen, I have to persuade the Board of Education that my local public school does not meet the special needs of my son and that he needs to attend the school I have chosen for him. By utilizing persuasive thinking techniques, I will be able to achieve my goals of helping the Board of Education to come to the conclusion that his public school does not meet his special needs.

The next problem is a problem that my family and I are experiencing because of the sluggish economy in our area. Our family business is overextending financially and we need to make it more efficient. The scientific thinking process will enable my family to determine what will make our business more efficient during the economic recession in our area by...
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