Wicked Problem

Failing Forward

Today’s rapidly changing world poses new challenges for the field of education.  Some of these challenges may seem near impossible to solve and may be referred to as “Wicked Problems”.  Wicked problems are very complicated and have no specific solutions.

Our group was given the challenge of solving the wicked problem, “Allowing failure to be as powerful a learning mode as success”.  We used Warren Berger’s questioning techniques to move through this project and focus our research.  Below is an infographic summary of our wicked problem that I created using Piktochart.

Wicked Problem Infographic.png After lots of research, we reached out to our PLN (Professional Learning Network) through an online survey and posted a Twitter poll.  We were very impressed with the amount of feedback that we received!  Working through this problem was not an easy task, but I am glad I had my Think Tank group to collaborate with.

Below is our final presentation of our wicked problem’s potential solutions.  We created the background image using Easelly and used ThingLink to organize our information.  Click the buttons along the path to explore our problem more in depth through different forms of multimedia.  Please join our wicked problem discussion by clicking one of the buttons in the bottom left hand corner, “What’s your best bad solution?” Lino board.

Berger, W. (2014). A more beautiful question: The power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.

Burger, E. (2012, August 21). Essay on the importance of teaching failure | Inside Higher Ed.

Kapur, M. (2016, April 7). Examining Productive Failure, Productive Success, Unproductive Failure, and Unproductive Success in Learning. Educational Psychologist, 51:2, 289-299. Retrieved July 13, 2016.

Kapur, Manu. “Comparing Learning from Productive Failure and Vicarious Failure.”Journal of the Learning Sciences 23.4 (2014): 651-77. ProQuest. Web. 13 July 2016.

Smith, S. s. (2015). Epic Fails: Reconceptualizing Failure as a Catalyst for Developing Creative Persistence within Teaching and Learning Experiences. Journal Of Technology & Teacher Education, 23(3), 329-355.

Smith, S., & Henriksen, D. (2016, March 1). Fail Again, Fail Better: Embracing Failure as a Paradigm for Creative Learning in the Arts. Art Education, 69(2), 6-11. Retrieved July 13, 2016.

Wilcox, K. & Ray, E. (2015, March 2). Embracing Failure to Spur Success: A New Collaborative Innovation Model. EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 50, no. 2. Retrieved July 13, 2016.


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