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    The world is changing

    Two generations ago you might have expected to have your working life mapped out and the knowledge you left school with was probably largely still relevant by the time you retired.

    In the 21st century we live in very different ways. Change is accelerating to the point that a learner may need to prepare for a career that has not yet been invented. Technology has changed the way we work, the way we live, the way we play and the way we learn. We have never lived like this before and are finding new solutions to problems that have never arisen before.

    In order to achieve in this age, learners need not just sound knowledge but also vital skills like the ability to solve problems. They need to be able to face new and hitherto unseen problems, confident in their ability to find workable solutions. They need to possess both logical and creative problem-solving skills and understand the difference between the two.

    This guide outlines a few traditions of problem solving. It explores some theories and explains where these skills have been put to use historically and in our world today.

    See if you can solve the problems as you go through this guide, and check your answers against the solutions at the end.