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Guidelines for Integrative Training in Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research Settings: Hints and Tools for Trainers of Trainers

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Research on global change and sustainable development issues requires a transdisciplinary approach, which implies close cooperation both between different scientific disciplines (interdisciplinarity), and between scientists and other societal actors. This, in turn, calls for a training approach that supports this type of research. We referred to this training as “integrative training”, i.e. training that integrates students from different scientific disciplines, brings together researchers and practitioners, and takes into account different cultures in academic training. The training was based on “case-study-based learning”, implemented in 8- to 10-day courses in environments that offered options for 2- to 3-day fieldwork activities on complex global change issues. The latest guidelines* offer practical assistance for trainers who wish to design, plan, and conduct training events in complex research settings. *The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South program formally ended in June 2014. Website content is no longer up to date.

NCCR North-South and Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), NCCR North-South

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training, guidelines, transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary

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  • Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
  • Establish or maintain effective team science endeavors
  • Enhance team performance, interactions, and attitudes
  • Provide institutional support for team science
  • Provide training for team science to team members or students


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Resource created by Janet Okamoto on 7/15/2012 7:33:53 PM.

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