AERA 2020 Submission

Collaborative Solution Discovery: A Participatory Improvement Process

Group of students on laptops gathered on a circular table.
Originally Published: 2020 LOCFF Categories: CSD, Data & Research

The purpose of this paper is to examine the developmental evaluation of Collaborative Solution Discovery (CSD), a problem solving framework for finding sustainable solutions to local complex problems. CSD is currently being implemented to solve a complex problem in math education within a pilot district and the guidance of a support organization. The outcome of the CSD developmental evaluation is that it appears to offer a promising way to rethink improvement processes. A future traditional evaluation is planned to explore how educators leverage ownership and systems during real-time social interactions to deepen self- and collective efficacy as they take charge of their own improvement efforts.

“CSD was originally created for solving aerospace engineering problems. Adapting CSD to the education context involved taking best practices from engineering, business, and education within a participatory framework. This approach to problem solving flourishes in a space of variability and encourages participants to set their own paths while leveraging a collective to improve upon results. By valuing participants’ passions and ideal perspectives, the CSD process engages participants in an authentic participatory process that finds sustainable, local solutions that improve math achievement, K-12.”