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Discussion Post: Monday, Jan.30th – Coby English

Cushman uses an interesting technique in analyzing Schon’s problem solving. He uses vignettes to mirror examples we could expect to see in real life. In one vignette, he analyzes how Marcie, Charles, and himself go about tackling a problem at a DMD firm, a problem with a great deal of uncertainty and instability. After introducing the vignette, he analyzes it in the pages that follow. He analyzes how Marcie and Charles “build temporary problems” (Cushman 341) to tackle the problem as a whole. How do we has students and academics build temporary problems to help solve the bigger ones? What kinds of projects and problems warrant this temporary problem building? And how can our skills in building temporary problems carry over into our individual professional and career goals?


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