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Some preliminary findings …

We are currently analysing the first batch of our interviews to present at the University of Edinburgh Learning and Teaching Conference next week. One thing we have been looking at is what the academics we have interviewed do to help students engage with wicked problems. There are lots of rich examples of exciting teaching methods.

Quite a few of our teachers talked about learning experiences where students learn to value diverse perspectives. So valuing other students’ perspectives, perspectives from other academic disciplines and perspectives from outside academia.

There was also lots of emphasis on ‘authentic’ learning experiences where students worked together on real world messy problems.

Our discussions with these teachers also brought up their consideration for students’ feelings. They talked about helping students stay hopeful or supporting students to come to terms with their feelings about wicked problems.

Getting underway

We’ve made a good start on the project this semester. We have been doing fascinating interviews with academics across the University who teach about wicked problems. We’ve also started collecting data from web pages and social media. Soon we will be able to start giving you some insights into our initial findings.