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Multidisciplinary environmental studies in university teaching a mixed green salad

HENVI/Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki

Multidisciplinary environmental studies in university teaching: A mixed green salad

Janna Pietikäinen

HELSINKI UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT, HENVI


Multidisciplinary environmental studies in university teaching a mixed green salad

Organisation chart

http://www.helsinki.fi/inbrief/organisation.htm


Multidisciplinary environmental studies in university teaching a mixed green salad

Faculties

Independent institutes


Multidisciplinary environmental studies in university teaching a mixed green salad

HENVI


Helsinki university centre for environment henvi

Helsinki UniversityCentre for Environment, HENVI

Carries out and coordinates environmental research and teaching in UH

All faculties of the University of Helsinki are participating

Formed in May 2008

Aim is to enhance interdisciplinary environmental research and teaching and to raise public awareness of environmental issues.


Multidisciplinary environmental studies in university teaching a mixed green salad

  • Organisation

  • HENVI steering committee: Deans from 7 faculties

HENVI scientificboard: representativesfromallfaculties (environmental expertise)

HENVI advisoryboard: representativesfrominterest groups and stakeholders (20)


Resources

Resources

Research coordinator

University lecturer

Project planner

Research funding (UH): 3 research programmes

External funding: 8 joint researchers


Multidisciplinary environmental studies in university teaching a mixed green salad

HENVI Research

  • Transfer of scientificknowledge

  • Seminars and forums

  • Science Days

  • Coordination


Multidisciplinary environmental studies in university teaching a mixed green salad

  • HENVITeaching

  • Multidisciplinaryenvironmentalstudymodule.

  • Introductorycourse

  • Interdisciplinary Special courses

  • Seminars

  • Studentadvising


Taxonomy

Taxonomy


Multidisciplinary environmental study module 25 ects credits

Multidisciplinary environmental study module 25 ECTS credits

5

  • Introductory course with 22 teachers

  • Working in groups

  • Preparing projects

  • Environmental free choise studies

  • 70-80 courses available every year

20


Henvi students per year

HENVI students per year

N students


Multidisciplinary environmental studies in university teaching a mixed green salad

Environmental protection

ENV.BIOLOGY

HISTORY

ECOTOXICOLOGY

POLITICS

ENV AND MEDICINES

ENV. EDUCATION

SOIL SCIENCE

ENV. AND MEDIA

My major

GEOLOGY

SOCIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

LAW

PHILOSOPHY

GEOGRAPHY

ENV. AND RELIGION

PHYSICS

AESTHETICS

ENV. HEALTH

ECONOMICS

Student feedback form


Students ability to integrate information

Students’ ability to integrate information

n=52


Multidisciplinary environmental studies in university teaching a mixed green salad

Students’ feedback on working in multidisc. groups


Ways to enhance interdisciplinarity

Ways to enhance interdisciplinarity

  • Teachers: joint planning and defining the relationship of disciplines to nature

  • Students: working in multidisciplinary groups on thematic environmental questions

  • Course level: Reading reports and participating in panel discussion


Power and effect

Power and effect

  • We get students from all faculties, but not evenly

  • Social sciences, humanities, law 25 %

  • Natural sciences 75 %

  • How effective are we?

  • Number of Bachelor’s Degrees 2010: 2854

  • Number of HENVI students 2010: 108  4 %


Erikoiskurssit

Erikoiskurssit


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • Multidisciplinarity is difficult both for teachers and students. However, it can be learned.

    Problems, weaknesses:

  • The disintegration of knowledge, surface-oriented learning

  • Ways to enhance interdisciplinarity

  • Building connections and bridges

  • Thematic or problem based learning

  • Working in groups


Future new connections created

Future: new connections created

  • Thematic programmes e.g. Baltic Sea, Sustainable society, Forests and climate change

  • Communicating science through art

  • Building of a green campus and integrating to teaching

Photo: Aalto University School of Art and Design


Multidisciplinary environmental studies in university teaching a mixed green salad

Salad dressings:

Thematic or problem based approach

Hands on approach in e.g. research project, art, communication, development projects


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