Ethical sustainability competence at work and in higher education (KESTO) – Socratic dialogue in university education

The KESTO project aims to enhance ethical sustainability competence in the collaboration between workplaces and higher education institutes. The KESTO network includes, in addition to the Finnish Institute for Educational research, also the Universities of Eastern Finland and Tampere as well as Haaga-Helia and Arcada Universities of Applied Sciences. The network is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. JYU’s contribution includes development of wisdom pedagogy to support multiperspective thinking. Universities educate people for expert tasks that call for extensive problem-solving capability as well as skills for solving complex and many-faceted problems. Therefore, university education should reach beyond competence development founded on the mastery of skills and knowledge and seek to generate broad-based and multiperspective thinking. This research project involves a teaching experiment, which applies the Nelsonian method of Socratic dialogue.

Researchers: Hannu L. T. Heikkinen, Anu Virtanen, Eeva K. Kallio, Päivi Tynjälä