NYFPS teaches the six-step problem solving framework and highlight important future trends underscored in annual topics. FPS is a powerful tool for teachers inside and outside the classroom. A range of educational resources are available to support NYFPS participants. Helping students learn problem solving is at the core of our mission.
Six-Step Problem Solving Framework
Future Problem Solving (FPS) teaches a six-step approach which serves as a dynamic framework for creative thinking processes:
Identify Challenges Related to the Topic or Future Scene
Select an Underlying Problem
Produce Solution Ideas to the Underlying Problem
Generate and Select Criteria to Evaluate Solution Ideas
Evaluate Solution Ideas to Determine the Better Action Plan
Develop an Action Plan
FPS Framework's Academic Background
Dr. Ellis Paul Torrance, created FPS in 1974, as a month long curriculum unit for Clark Central High School with the help of his graduate students at the University of Georgia. Dr. Torrance adapted the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process, originally developed by Alex Osborn and Sidney Parnes for the business world. The adapted framework teaches a six-step problem solving process which offers students a guide on how to tackle scenarios in a structured and repeatable methodology. Through FPS, Dr. Torrance created an educational approach of allowing students to apply the six-step process to short scenarios set in the future grounded in realistic trends. These futuristic case studies familiarize students with increasingly important global themes while offering opportunities for the problem solvers to apply their creativity.
Teaching Opportunities: Annual Topics
Each year FPS focuses on a set of Annual Topics which serve as the thematic basis for each submission in the GIPS and Scenario Writing. Students have the opportunity to research, explore, and analyze these topics. These are topics that fall into categories which have been identified as expected to increasingly become more important in the future. The topics represent themes and concepts from the strands of Business & Economics, Social & Political, and Science & Technology.
Discover how the students who participate in FPS engage with the Annual Topics to achieve alignment to curriculum standards here.
Integrating FPS Into The Classroom
Our program provides New York teachers the opportunity to integrate the six-step problem solving framework into their classroom instruction. FPS aligns with Common Core State Standards Initiative, STEM, and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Gifted Education Programming Standards as well as teach students the 21st Century Skills.
Additional FPS Educational Resources
NYFPS participants can also find supplementary learning material through FPSPI educational publications. These publications and virtual courses are available through FPSPI Mart.
FPSPI publications on teaching problem solving:
ACTION-BASED PROBLEM SOLVING (ABPS) - A manual that teaches a simplified version of the problem solving process and provides guidance in the writing of ideas.
THE PROBLEM SOLVING EXPERIENCE CURRICULUM - A complete classroom curriculum designed to teach problem solving in the 21st Century. The curriculum can be implemented as a full semester course or spread across 1-4 school years. Complete lesson plans and resource materials are included.
COACHING TRILLOGY FOR GIPS - Three part series that provides a systematic introduction to competitive problem solving. Materials may also be used for non-competitive instruction.
FPSPI resources on teaching the Annual Topics:
ALL TOPIC ACTIVITY UNITS - Activities designed to teach the Annual Topics and the six-step problem solving process. Includes research, thinking tools, and a simulation with a practice Future Scene.
ALL READINGS, RESEARCH, AND RESOURCES - A consolidated packet of resources to help establish an early understanding of the topics.
FPS ACADEMY - Virtual learning via Nearpod that will teach the six-steps and provide background on the topics. Lessons include instructional videos, research, Interactive activities, and a practice Future Scene.
NYFPS can work with you to understand which FPSPI publication best fits your teaching needs. Start a discussion with us here.