Tampere teachers in the forefront of technology teaching
Samuli Kolari (left), Principal Lecturer Tampere Polytechnic and Tuomo Tiainen, Vice Rector of Tampere University of Technology are reforming the most advanced teaching in the field of engineering.
The research project exploits the most recent scientific conceptions of learning and of how people process information. Teaching methods are constructed based on these so as to be appropriate in the teaching of technology. In the experience of the project researchers with even minute adjustments to the basic situation in the teaching of technology lectures, laboratory sessions, excursions and practical training in industry it is possible to better meet the students' versatile learning styles. Using new methods the lecturer can set up small groups in such a way that those with a reflective approach and those with a functional orientation can reciprocally support one another. When a group is working well the students come to know their own strengths and to seek, create, analyse and apply new knowledge in the long term.
Teaching in technical fields is challenging because the numerous basic phenomena in technology need to be described by concepts. The most advanced teaching in technology operates in an abstract world of concepts, in which quantities describing phenomena and correlation between quantities demand a learning process based on realisation in order to achieve a profound comprehension. What is crucial in teaching is to illustrate these phenomena. Good and inspiring learning, like the top research of institutions of higher education, comes from doing things together. Ensuring that students are well motivated and have good learning outcomes is also positively reflected in the lecturers' job satisfaction.
Finnish industry will remain internationally competitive if it can be sure of a supply of labour from the institutions of higher education which has a sound understanding of the principles of technology, the ability for innovation and the capability for practical application. Attracting more women to study technology is a challenge. Nowadays those embarking on studies in technology for bachelor's and master's degrees generally do so after completing academic secondary education and before having hands-on experience of technology. The new teaching and learning methods experiential learning and a good ability to apply knowledge acquired will ensure that industry gets the innovative competence it needs.
The development project of TAMK and TUT is funded by the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and TAMK. The development work is being done at TAMK and at TUT, and through UNESCO the project researchers have connections to international developers in technical education in various parts of the world.
Samuli Kolari, Project Manager
Tel. +358 50 524 6520
|Tampere University of Tech.
Tuomo Tiainen, Vice Rector
Tel. +358 40 849 0043
Perttu Heino, Research Director
Tel.. +358 3 264 7613
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