Learning how to understand complexity and deal with sustainability challenges : A framework for a comprehensive approach and its application in university education

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dc.contributor.author Willamo, R.
dc.contributor.author Helenius, L.
dc.contributor.author Holmström, C.
dc.contributor.author Haapanen, L.
dc.contributor.author Sandström, V.
dc.contributor.author Huotari, E.
dc.contributor.author Kaarre, K.
dc.contributor.author Värre, U.
dc.contributor.author Nuotiomäki, A.
dc.contributor.author Happonen, J.
dc.contributor.author Kolehmainen, L.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-14T11:33:01Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-14T11:33:01Z
dc.date.issued 2018-02-24
dc.identifier.citation Willamo , R , Helenius , L , Holmström , C , Haapanen , L , Sandström , V , Huotari , E , Kaarre , K , Värre , U , Nuotiomäki , A , Happonen , J & Kolehmainen , L 2018 , ' Learning how to understand complexity and deal with sustainability challenges : A framework for a comprehensive approach and its application in university education ' , Ecological Modelling , vol. 370 , pp. 1-13 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.12.011
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dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85039995107
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-3023-7378/work/99539827
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-0475-7487/work/99544200
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311663
dc.description.abstract Sustainability challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, poverty and rapid urbanization are complex and strongly interrelated. In order to successfully deal with these challenges, we need comprehensive approaches that integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines and perspectives and emphasize interconnections. In short, they aid in observing matters in a wider perspective without losing an understanding of the details. In order to teach and learn a comprehensive approach, we need to better understand what comprehensive thinking actually is. In this paper, we present a conceptual framework for a comprehensive approach, termed the GHH framework. The framework comprises three dimensions: generalism, holism, and holarchism. It contributes to the academic community's understanding of comprehensive thinking and it can be used for integrating comprehensive thinking into education. Also, practical examples of the application of the framework in university teaching are presented. We argue that an ideal approach to sustainability challenges and complexity in general is a balanced, dialectical combination of comprehensive and differentiative approaches. The current dominance of specialization, or the differentiative approach, in university education calls for a stronger emphasis on comprehensive thinking skills. Comprehensiveness should not be considered as a flawed approach, but should instead be considered as important an aspect in education as specialized and differentiative skills. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. en
dc.format.extent 13
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Ecological Modelling
dc.rights cc_by_nc_nd
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Comprehensive approach
dc.subject Sustainability science
dc.subject Complexity
dc.subject Generalism
dc.subject Holism
dc.subject Holarchism
dc.subject SYSTEMS THINKING
dc.subject SCIENCE
dc.subject PARADIGM
dc.subject LESSONS
dc.subject PROGRAM
dc.subject 1172 Environmental sciences
dc.title Learning how to understand complexity and deal with sustainability challenges : A framework for a comprehensive approach and its application in university education en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
dc.contributor.organization Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
dc.contributor.organization Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
dc.contributor.organization Teachers' Academy
dc.contributor.organization Doctoral Programme in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.12.011
dc.relation.issn 0304-3800
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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