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Problem Solving skills help adults think critically and creatively to navigate different challenges or conflicts, including those arising in personal, career, or academic settings. Solving these problems involves setting goals and using relevant Background Knowledge, resources, and skills to generate meaningful solutions.
There are multiple aspects of Problem Solving that aid adults across a variety of situations, including:
Although the research findings are mixed, there is evidence that suggests that some adults with learning differences including ADHD and dyslexia may show increased Problem Solving abilities, including creativity and Reasoning. These skills may be due in part to their neural and cognitive differences but also may emerge as a byproduct of learning how to best use their strengths to mitigate learning and performance challenges they may experience in school and beyond.
The development of technology (e.g., the Internet, social media) and greater information available digitally has brought about a need for New Literacies, which include understanding of multimodal texts. These literacies have become necessary for modern societal participation and require information literacy, that is, the ability to discern fact from fiction across a variety of sources.