Wenzel Generic Problem Solving (2018 Archive)


Generic problem-solving skills are distinct from the academic ability of students and could be developed through experiential learning

20 Minute Presentation


Tyler J Wenzel – UBC Okanagan
Emelie Gustafsson – UBC Okanagan
Heather Bradshaw – UBC Okanagan
Andis Klegeris – UBC Okanagan


General problem-solving skills (PSS) are one of the key competencies valued by professional programmes and employers. A generic problem-solving test was administered to 130 third-year science students during three consecutive years, and campus-wide to 830 upper-division students. There was no significant correlation between academic grades and PSS test scores.