# problem solving 44

Scenario 2: Your child comes home from school with an assignment sheet for a school project. He / she is very excited about the project and begins work immediately, doing research on the Internet and gathering materials. You read over the assignment sheet and notice that your child is not including all of the required items in the project, and you have some ideas for how to improve the quality of the presentation. You recently read an article in a parenting magazine about the importance of a child developing responsibility for his/ her own learning. You recall the many ways in which your parents took over your school projects. You, on the other hand, want to encourage your childâ€™s confidence in his / her ability to complete a project independently. The next day, you are at the grocery store when you see a parent of a student in your childâ€™s class. That parent has spent over \$30 in supplies for the science project and is taking a day off of work to put the pieces of the project together.

Review the six-step problem solving process outlined in the article â€œThe Problem Solving Processâ€ located at http://www.gdrc.org/decision/problem-solve.html:

• Step One: Define the problem
• Step Two: Analyze the problem
• Step Three: Generate options
• Step Four: Evaluate options
• Step Five: Make your decision
• Step Six: Implement and reflect

Write a seven to ten (7-10) page paper in which you:
1. Thoroughly Define the problem in the scenario that you have chosen.
2. Thoroughly Analyze the problem in the scenario.
3. Thoroughly Generate options for solving the problem in the scenario.
4. Thoroughly Evaluate the options for solving the problem.
5. Thoroughly Decide on the best option for solving the problem.
6. Thoroughly Explain how you will implement the decision made and reflect on whether this option was the most effective.
This paper should address the following:

What are the probable outcomes of this choice?

Would this option effectively solve the problem?

Is it a reliable choice?

Does it fit with your personal ethics?

How will it affect other people involved?

Whatâ€™s the worst that can happen?

Will it be possible to reverse this decision if it goes badly?
Imagine consequences of each solution
Predict possible outcomes

Gather more specific information

Talk and gather more opinions

List benefits and drawbacks of each solution

The paper should follow guidelines for clear and organized writing:

• Include an introductory paragraph and concluding paragraph.
• Address main ideas in body paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
• Adhere to standard rules of English grammar, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling.
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA Style format. You must use a minimum of three references