means "to find," "discover,"-any approach to problem solving, learning, or discovery that employs a practical methodology not guaranteed to be optimal or perfect, but sufficient for immediate goals.
It speeds up the process of finding satisfactory solutions with mental shortcuts that ease the cognitive load of making a decision; there are isolated, taught, and learned strategies.
The goal is to improve the problem solving ability, the means to this end, to give students explicit instructions in the most common strategies; the problem solving is a similar approach to research, (Mathematics For Elementary Teachers-A Balanced Approach, D.C. Health and Company, 1987).
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