Development of a Problem Solving Scale for Children Attending Class 1-5 of Primary Education and Norm Study for Turkey

By Esra Omeroglu, Sener Buyukozturk, Yasemin Aydogan and Arzu Ozyurek.

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Problem solving skill is a skill that needs to be acquired by children in their childhood, which is needed throughout their lifetime. This skill holds an important place in the achievement of social targets and success in the learning processes. Primary education period, in which the building blocks of personality are laid and certain habits and social values are gained, consists of the most fruitful years in terms of education aiming at acquisition of problem solving skills. Acquisition of problem comprehension and solution strategies can be ensured easily and naturally by children of this age. Ensuring that children become good problem solvers is important in terms of the solution of personal, professional and social problems by using their cognitive skills.
For this reason, tests are needed to measure the problem solving skills especially in early childhood. As the subject is a measurement of a skill which is needed throughout lifetime, the elaboration of a new scale rather than adaptation of a scale which has been created in another culture is deemed important in terms of the contributions it shall make to the academic studies and the education system of our country.
In order to respond to the demand for a Problem Solving Scale in Turkey, a project, supported by TUBİTAK and called “The Development and Turkish Norm Study of a Problem Solving Scale for the Children who are elementary school [Grades K - 5]” was started on July 1, 2008. In this framework, it has been represented that preparing a Problem Solving Scale for children who are in elementary school [Grades 1-5].

Keywords: Problem Solving, Problem Solving Scale, Primary Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp.117-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.318MB).

Prof. Esra Omeroglu

Faculty of Vocational Education, Department of Child Development Education, Gazi University, Turkey

Prof. Sener Buyukozturk

Faculty of Education, Educational Sciences, Faculty of Education, Başkent University, Turkey

Prof. Yasemin Aydogan

Faculty of Education, Basic Education, Faculty of Education, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey

Dr. Arzu Ozyurek

Student, Child Development and Education, Institute of Educational Sciences, Karabük University, Karabuk, Merkez, Turkey

I have worked as a teacher in the Ministry of National Education. At the same time, I’m a doctoral student in Educational Sciences Institute of Gazi University. ‘Development of a Problem Solving Scale for Children Attending Preschool Institutions and Grades 1-5 in Elementary Schools and Norm Study for Turkey’ in the project named as scholarship students have been included.

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