Collaborative Problem Solving in Science

The Programme

Throughout this project, students build international communities by working together to solve real-world sustainability problems. Teachers collaborate to formulate ideas and to develop learning and assessment units whilst students use web applications for real time communication, as well as the World ORT Kadima Mada portal, to work collaboratively with their international peers. Teams of students select a task from the choices offered, with each phase focusing on one of the collaborative problem solving skills. Each of the team members researches a particular topic, such as ecology, from a different aspect before sharing it with their peers who provide feedback to optimize team work.

The Impact

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. This project is the first international project to develop and implement 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.