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Preventive and exploratory: two workplace problem-solving cultures
written by Jacob Poirier, Vina Macias, Benjamin M. Zwickl, and Susan Rothwell
The EMPOWER project conducted 186 interviews with employers, faculty, and students across nursing, manufacturing, computing, energy, and physics. The interviews discussed the problems faced across different workplaces and how each tries to resolve them. Two different cultural approaches to problem-solving were found. One culture values proactively identifying anomalies deviating from the norm while another values exploring creative solutions. The presence of risk and/or expense of an operation leads preventive problem-solvers to construct hypothetical situations and attempt to solve problems before they happen. An exploratory culture fosters creative ideas and experimentation in low-risk environments where failure is an acceptable part of the problem-solving process. The two approaches have parallels to physics education. The problem-prevention culture, which requires analyzing and addressing hypothetical anomalies, is similar to theoretical practices in physics. The exploratory culture of encouraging creative solutions is similar to experimental or design work within physics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 452-457
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J. Poirier, V. Macias, B. Zwickl, and S. Rothwell, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15317&DocID=5229).
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J. Poirier, V. Macias, B. Zwickl, and S. Rothwell, Preventive and exploratory: two workplace problem-solving cultures, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15317&DocID=5229>.
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Poirier, J., Macias, V., Zwickl, B., & Rothwell, S. (2019, July 24-25). Preventive and exploratory: two workplace problem-solving cultures. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved October 22, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15317&DocID=5229
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Poirier, J, V. Macias, B. Zwickl, and S. Rothwell. "Preventive and exploratory: two workplace problem-solving cultures." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15317&DocID=5229 (accessed 22 October 2021).
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Poirier, Jacob, Vina Macias, Benjamin Zwickl, and Susan Rothwell. "Preventive and exploratory: two workplace problem-solving cultures." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 452-457 of PER Conference. 22 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15317&DocID=5229>.
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