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LDRS 5534: Cognition, Problem Solving, and Preferences for Change

Concentration: Leadership Studies
Credits: 3 graduate credit(s)


Theoretical perspectives, processes and techniques utilized in problem solving, both adaptively and innovatively. Individual cognitive preference for working within a prevailing paradigm in order to effect change in institutional structures. Utilizing coping behavior to successfully work within the context of cognitive diversity and organizational change. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the diversity of and preferences within the way people think, solve problems, and create novelty.
  2. Analyze and classify types of problems using a problem typology.
  3. Examine different types of problems and construct a holistic understanding of wicked and complex problems.
  4. Perceive how individuals apply appropriate coping strategies in the context ofcognitive diversity and change.
  5. Illustrate complex connections among multiple learning theories and constructs thatcan be utilized in problem solving.


Prerequisites and Corequisites



Jerald Walz