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Guest Lecture by Prof. Samuel Greiff

The Concepts of Complex and Collaborative Problem Solving and Their Assessment

02.03.2016 at 16:00 

The Munich Center of the Learning Sciences proudly presents a guest lecture:

Prof. Dr. Samuel Greiff
University of Luxembourg

Topic: The Concepts of Complex and Collaborative Problem Solving and Their Assessment

Wednesday, 03. March 2016, 16:00 (s.t.) till 17:30 Uhr

Leopoldstr. 13, Raum 2401

Abstract: One general goal of society is placing people in jobs and educational tracks according to
their individual skill level, fostering their abilities, and systematically training them. To do so,
these skills have to be quantified and adequate assessment devices are a prerequisite for
this. This talk considers two transversal skills, Complex Problem Solving and Collaborative
Problem Solving. Both play an important role in the most important international educational
large-scale assessment, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA): A
computer-based assessment of Complex Problem Solving was included in the PISA 2012
survey and Collaborative Problem Solving was assessed in the latest PISA 2015 cycle with
over half a million students in over 70 countries. While results of these assessments will yield
important implications for educationalists, and politicians around the globe, the role of
complex and collaborative problem solving is controversial among cognitive scientists. In this
talk, conceptual backgrounds, assessment instruments, and empirical findings will be
presented in a nutshell and directions for future scientific endeavors are discussed.