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Developing and researching interdisciplinary skillfulness


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Ideas presented at the Closing plenary: Learning to work across boundaries - opportunities for research and innovation (Panel: Tim Shaw, Peter Reimann, Lina Markauskaite, Tina Hinton, Phil Poronnik)

Closing session – BRIEF
This (‘Sciences & Technologies of Learning’) Research Fest is being hosted by the ‘Science of Learning Science’ node of the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC), in the CPC Hub building.
The CPC is the University’s largest and most ambitious commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching, aimed at combining many talents around the challenges of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
For the CPC to be successful, effective ways have to be found of working across disciplinary boundaries, and up and down the paths that translate between basic research, design of interventions, policy, changes in human behaviour, and health outcomes. We also have to maximise synergies between teaching and research. We have to help students learn to work in ways that the CPC embodies.
The Science of Learning Science node brings together a number of CPC researchers who are interested in understanding how to improve learning and teaching (broadly defined) in the CPC’s areas of operation.
Given this context – the challenges facing CPC and us all:

1. What do you see as the most worthwhile things for the Science of Learning Science node to be doing over the next 2-3 years?
2. What have you learned today that excites you about the scope for progress and/or the challenges here?
I’d like each of you to prepare an informal 5 minute response to the two questions in the paragraph just above.
Peter Goodyear

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Developing and researching interdisciplinary skillfulness

  1. 1. The University of Sydney Page 1 Learning to work across boundaries - opportunities for research and innovationLina Markauskaite STL Research Fest @ CPC 5 November 2015
  2. 2. The University of Sydney Page 2 Interdisciplinary skilfulness Harnessing “soft” and “generic” skills Understanding and creating better environments for learning... Crossing disciplinary boundaries • Collaboration science • Data thinking • Computational thinking • Systems thinking • Design thinking • Grounded thinking & responsive action
  3. 3. The University of Sydney Page 3 Facing a methodological challenge of the science of learning interdisciplinary science(s) “science begins when a body of phenomena is available which shows some coherence and regularities, <then> science consists in assimilating these regularities and in creating concepts which permit expressing these regularities in a natural way, <and> it is this method of science rather than the concepts themselves (such as energy) which should be applied to other fields of learning.” (Eugene Wigner, 1963)
  4. 4. The University of Sydney Page 4 Design, implementation and development Design-based research Design-based implementation research Design-based developmental implementation research? Design ImplementationDevelopment