A psychologist says: “We did a study many years ago with first-grade students. We decided to (..) give the students an impossible math problem to work on, and then we (measured) how long they worked on it before they gave up.
The American students worked on it less than 30 seconds on average and then they basically looked at us and said, ‘We haven’t had this,’.
But the Japanese students worked for the entire hour on the impossible problem. And finally we had to stop the session because the hour was up.”
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. What do you think: if you were a participant in this test, how much time would you spend working on this “impossible” problem? Why?
2. What are the strengths of the “American” approach? What are the strengths of the “Japanese” approach? What are their weaknesses?