Message from Professor Patrick Griffin

Director, Assessment Research Centre
The University of Melbourne

For the past fifteen years the University of Melbourne, through its Assessment Research Centre, has been collaborating with the NSCC to conduct the Creative Problem Solving Competition.

During that time we have studied the process of problem solving and shared a great deal of excitement as children from all over Australia have shown that they are clever, creative and competitive. The standard of work produced by the students has been of the highest standard and our studies have shown that the children’s work is among the best in the world. So many of the students have been successful in many other ways as well, from gaining access to selective schools, winning scholarships and success in other competitive academic pursuits.

The University of Melbourne is looking forward to the next phase of the Creative Problem Solving competition in which we will be presenting the materials via the computer and then via the Internet. These are exciting developments and will place the NSCC competition at the forefront of the world’s problem solving assessment strategies. The staff of the university working on the project will continue to include the world’s leaders in this field of research and development and we can confidently expect that NSCC will retain its place in the leadership of such approaches to assessment.

More important however is the motive behind the NSCC involvement. The incentive for the company to remain involved is their aim to celebrate excellence and to encourage high-level performances. In this way the NSCC is making a serious contribution to the pursuit of excellence in Australia and the University’s Assessment Research Centre is proud to be associated with the work. Thank you for the opportunities the project has given to Australia’s children.

The following is an audio message dedicated to Mr Andy Mak as a tribute to congratulate his contributions in research projects, the most recent one being Logical Thinking Challenge which thousands of students participated.

Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffin Director, Assessment Research Centre The University of Melbourne