Learning of transferable skills: Example from higher education in atmospheric science

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.5 Formal and informal education in Arctic studies and science outreach in the Arctic
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter
Author(s) Taina Ruuskanen (1Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) - Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland), Laura Riuttanen (1Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) - Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland), Hanna Vehkamäki (1Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) - Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland), Markku Kulmala (1Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) - Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland), Antti Lauri (1Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) - Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland)
Abstract text

The society is facing Grand Challenges, such as climate change and air quality problems that require new education strategies. Traditional discipline oriented sectoral approach is not enough, but multidisciplinary approach combining knowledge from different disciplines and penetrate though all levels of society is needed. It is also not enough to educate degree students, but everywhere in a changing society there is urgent need to update knowledge based on the new scientific findings. Atmospheric research combines knowledge from several fields of science and a shift from discipline-tied fundamental education towards multidisciplinary is imperative for a successful career in climate and global change science [1]. Therefore we present a research intensive course model [2] where interdisciplinary student groups work on real scientific data and questions and learn transferrable skills [3] such as data-analysis and oral presentation skills. We will present and discuss the course concept that is based on our experiences organizing more than 50 research-intensive short courses and other multidisciplinary course over the past 20 years.


References:


[1] Nordic Climate Change Research (2009). NordForsk Policy Briefs 2009-8, (Mandag Morgen, Oslo, Norway).


[2] Lauri A., Riuttanen, L., Sihvonen, P., Westerberg, S., Hari, P., Ruuskanen, T.M. and M. Kulmala, The atmospheric science paradigm and horizontal learning: experiences from short research-intensive courses (2016), Report Series in Aerosol Science, 180, 275.


[3] Ruuskanen, T., Vehkamäki, H., Riuttanen, L. and Lauri, A. Learning of transferable skills in a research oriented intensive course in atmospheric sciences, Sustainability, in review.

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