Collaborative Problem Solving in Science

This project is now in its third year and is the first international project to develop and implement next generation learning and assessment of collaborative problem solving in line with PISA 2015. This new project was based on the previous successful collaboration with Pearson (who won the tender to develop the PISA framework assessment). The collaborative problem solving pilot results were successfully presented at the ISTE conference 2014 in Atlanta by both World ORT Kadima Mada and Pearson representatives.

Throughout this project, groups of grade 9 students from different schools and countries build international communities and work together to solve real-world sustainability problems. Teachers collaborate to formulate ideas and to develop a learning and assessment unit. The project promotes the students’ collaborative problem-solving skills - including teamwork, digital literacy (ICT) and independent learning - that are critical for success in their academic studies and future careers.

Teams of students in Israel and Europe select a task from the choices offered, with each phase focusing on one of the collaborative problem solving skills. For example, each of the team members research a particular topic (last year’s the theme was ecology) from a different aspect before sharing it with their peers who provide feedback to optimize team work. Students use web applications for real time communication, as well as having access to the World ORT Kadima Mada portal to work collaboratively.

Plans

Next year's project is planned to start in February 2016 with participation of students from Bulgaria, Israel, Italy and Hungary.