In Question and Insight in Everyday Life: A Blueprint for Transformative Problem Solving, Richard Grallo examines the nature and patterns of human problem solving. Grallo identifies four patterns of problem solving that together result in complex human learning and growth. The four patterns constitute a cycle that is transformative not only of problematic situations but of the problem solvers themselves. This book also explores the roles of questions, insights, the desire to know, and social trust in problem solving. Its conclusions apply equally to the problems of everyday life as well as to challenges that arise in educational, counseling, political, engineering, and science fields.
Richard Grallo is emeritus professor of human services at Metropolitan College of New York.
Chapter 1: Problem Solving in Overview
Chapter 2: Pattern 1: Seeking Understanding by Considering Possibilities
Chapter 3: Three Patterns of Critical Thinking: Filtering Possibilities for Something More
Chapter 4: Experiencing and Its Functions in Learning and Problem Solving
Chapter 5: Problem Solving in Larger Contexts
Chapter 6: Examples of Facts of Consciousness in Other Perspectives
Epilogue: Problem Solving as Mindful Practice
This book addresses problem-solving as a unique form of learning to address new situations that require adaptations in the cognitive, emotive, and performative realms. This is a timely and important topic, given the overwhelming global crises confronting humanity, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and increasing violence that require individual and collective problem-solving. . . .This book will be of interest to scholars and learners in many disciplines.
Being a trainer of trainers, I see this as an excellent book, written with both professional and personal insights. Richard Gallo makes it easy for you to understand what many find to be a confusing concept. This book enables readers to see that problem solving is needed for human development, personal growth, and human progress. I highly recommend this book for anyone seriously interested in their future profession and planning strategies.