Studying design problem soalving through the theory of meaning

H. Casakin, Shulamith Kreitler

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The chapter presents a novel approach to design problem solving based on the meaning system. An introduction to problem solving, and design problem solving in particular, is followed by the description of main constructs of meaning corresponding to the theory of meaning by Kreitler and Kreitler. The function of meaning processes in regard to cognition and personality are reported. In the second part, several studies carried out in the framework of the meaning system about problem solving and design problem solving are reviewed. A meaning-based model for problem solving, with a special emphasis on design is presented. The model is designed to promote structuring a systematic syllabus for teaching and training problem solving in design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Psychology of Problem Solving
Subtitle of host publicationAn Interdisciplinary Approach
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781622575893
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Cognitive processes
  • Design
  • Meaning system
  • Problem solving
  • Theory of meaning


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