In accordance with what has been the policy for evaluation at the International Conference for a number of years, FPSP Australia will be enforcing the following rule in both the Qualifying Problem and National Finals:
Students may only complete their booklets in their own handwriting, in biro or ink, and on the approved blank booklet provided by FPSP Australia. Teams are only allowed to write in the spaces provided in the approved blank booklet. It is within the discretion of the Global Issues Problem Solving Evaluation team not to evaluate any writing that does not meet the above criteria, including where teams have written on the back of the pages of the approved blank booklet.
The rule was adopted by FPSP Australia for a number of reasons including, amongst other things, consistency with the evaluation processes of the International Conference, as well as encouraging students to develop the important skill of writing concisely.
We do not want any students or teams to be disadvantaged by the above rule, so please ensure that all students are aware of the rule and its implications.
Global Issues Problem Solving Co-ordinator
E Paul Torrance Awards for Students & Coaches
Nominations for E Paul Torrance Awards for Students & Coaches are now open
Each year, Future Problem Solving Program Australia seeks to recognise the work of committed Future Problem Solving students in Australia through the E. Paul Torrance Youth Award for Contribution to Future Problem Solving. The Award is for students who have shown commitment to the Program beyond their own participation, usually through service to their school as an assistant coach or other administrative role. Whilst success in the Program as a student may be helpful (but not essential), and a high degree of demonstrated expertise is expected, it is the service aspect that often has more weight. It is not necessary, for instance, for a senior student to be participating in FPS if they are involved in other ways. For that reason, the Award is nominally aimed at students in Years 10-12. However, we are willing to consider nominations outside that range if a special case can be made. There are awards for each State and Territory, and multiple awards per region are possible.
Future Problem Solving Program Australia also seek to acknowledge coaches who have contributed significantly to the Future Problem Solving Program at school, state and/or national level.
Nominations on the relevant forms are due by August 14 to the FPS office by email or post. Please contact the National Office for a copy of the nomination form.
FPSPI Scenario Writing Competition
FPS Australia is delighted to report that 9 entries from our National Champions went forward to the International Competition again this year. The standard is exceptionally high as all competitors are 1st - 3rd placegetters from around the world. The terrific news is that Lachlan C. from Haileybury College, Victoria, has come 2nd in the world for Middle Division.
We are extremely proud of all our entrants and congratulate Lachlan for this wonderful result. That we have one of only three non Americans to have ranked in the entire Scenario Writing competition from Australia is powerful affirmation of the strength of the program in Australia.
Congratulations and thanks go to all those who entered, our dedicated coaches and the supportive families who have made this possible.
Alison-Jane Hunter Scenario Writing Coordinator
QLD - Evaluator Training November 13
A workshop on the Future Problem Solving Program for coaches, teachers and senior students to become evaluators for the Global Issues competitive booklet program and to improve coaching expertise and interpret evaluation feedback for teams
Conducted by Lesley Sutherland, Queensland Convenor
Where: Riverglenn Conference and Function Centre 70 Kate St, Indooroopilly
When: Thursday November 13 11 noon – 4.00 pm
➢ How are problems, solutions and underlying problems evaluated? ➢ How can criteria be scored? ➢ What is elaboration, fluency and flexibility? ➢ What are the pitfalls to avoid? ➢ How does research improve booklets?
This workshop is designed for coaches, teachers and students who wish to become registered national evaluators for Future Problem Solving. There are a range of evaluation options from national booklet evaluation for practice problems and qualifying problems to the national competition and international evaluation.
As a result of this training session, participants must evaluate the practice booklet provided independently and submit it to the national office to become an accredited evaluator.
This workshop is also useful for coaches who wish to become more skilled at coaching their teams towards success nationally and internationally.