Challenges to training
CHALLENGES TO TRAINING SUSTAINABILITY SCIENTISTS
Friday Morning Topics: Graduate Instruction in Sustainability Science
The group brainstormed questions they wanted to discuss, wrote them on slips of paper and put them in a box. Moderator Nathan Coutsoubos, from UAF, grouped the questions. People selected the cluster of questions they wished to discuss during two sessions of informal, round-table break-out conversations. The questions served as guidelines only, and often discussions went in unanticipated directions. Conclusions of the discussions were presented to the entire group on summary slides.
- Mapping epistemologies: confronting fundamental worldviews across disciplines.
- Social sciences (and humanities?) in sustainability science.
- How to integrate systems perspective of natural sciences with the unpredictability of human agency in a common conceptual framework?
B. Global and International Opportunities
[This discussion was cancelled]
- Global perspectives and integration for graduate study.
- International internships: how to find place, project, and people?
- In two sentences, how do we explain sustainability to a skeptical stakeholder?
- How do we position ourselves to be competitive for academic positions after graduation?
- Balancing breadth and depth: are prelims and quals not enough?
- Publishing interdisciplinary work.
[note – this topic produced two sets of conclusions, one focused on the overall topic, and one on question #1]
- Should we create interdisciplinary teams or interdisciplinary individuals? – presentation and notes
- Problem-based approach to an interdisciplinary experience: interdisciplinary toolboxes.
- How can we write and learn to write interdisciplinary theory? How to produce a dissertation drawing on multiple disciplines which a multidisciplinary audience can understand and approve?
- Communication and expectations between IGERT and the home discipline.
- Quantitative methods for qualitative studies.
- Activism and the academy: can graduate students do it?
- Pedagogy of IGERTs: different educational and mentorship styles.
- Same or different responsibilities than discipline-based graduate studies?
G. Modelers and Sustainability Science – presentation
- How best to integrate technical, modeling, and/or computational people into sustainability / resilience science?
- Integrating indigenous knowledge and epistemologies with “western” sciences.
- Training students in multiple ways of knowing.
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