Among the many roles that education plays in society is developing the capacity of students for “creative problem solving”. It is a role that is typically embraced by all disciplines. As educators, we strive to improve the collective quality of life by approaching issues through our unique lenses, science, art, psychology or, as is the FSU focus at this conference, design. Although this common goal unites all of us, we spend a great deal of time focusing on our differences, often approaching problems and potential solutions in silos.
As we advance, our societal problems have become increasingly more complex. Complicated problems require innovative solutions. The likelihood of innovative breakthroughs increases when people from differing disciplines bring their coequal expertise together into multidisciplinary teams. The creation of a truly sustainable world must include specialties not only working together, but also overlapping and intersecting in a more cohesive way. Although contemporary practice has more recently taken this inclusive approach, we have not updated the traditional model of education. A silo’ed approach does not serve our students who will go on to address the complicated issues of our time.
Educators have the opportunity to lead change by identifying and training skills and traits in their students that are most valuable when working in multidisciplinary settings. This is not to say that the separate disciplines need to be rebuked. On the contrary, the complexity of our issues will always require developing the skill areas and specialty knowledge that makes each discipline unique and indispensable. But, using design education as an example, we will need to spend more time focusing on what unites disciplines and strengthens the ability to work together – commonalities found in the design process, design thinking, social responsibility, and innovation. Are we currently answering this critical need? Are we preparing our students to answer the complicated problems of our age?
This call for presentations seeks: Groundbreaking examples in education or practice that elevate multidisciplinary teams to tackle complex problems | Examples of successful educational paradigm changes that address these issues | Proposed educational frameworks that could be employed by educators to address these issues | History/anthology studies that contribute to a broad understanding of this topic | Research studies that contribute to a deeper understanding of these topics | Other presentation types that further this discussion
Part of the conference Transformative Teaching : See Full Call
Florida State University is located in northern Florida and is one of the leading institutions in the United States. It preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts. It is dedicated to an environment that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity and strives for excellence in research, creative endeavors, service and teaching.
The department that leads FSU’s engagement with the Transformative Teaching conference, the Department of Interior Architecture and Design, reflects this ethos and aims to encourage students to positively impact human health, safety and well-being through their professional work. It imparts the values of human-centered and equitable design, evidence-based design processes and creative and critical thinking so that students create well-designed spaces where people live, work, and thrive.
Throughout the interactive studio culture, students are nurtured as independent and creative learners who integrate fundamental skills, critical thinking, and evidence-based research into their work. Employing constructivist pedagogies and experiential learning techniques, students move beyond passive learning to become active producers of knowledge in the field.
Research at FSU is diverse and its Research centers and Institutes include the Center for Advancement of Learning & Assessment, the Facility for Arts Research, the Coastal & Marine Laboratory, the Florida Climate Institute, the Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population and the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging, among many others.
For full details on research at FSU: Research Centers and Institutes
Meghan Mick, Terry Londy, Steven Webber