Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding (TROP-ICSU) project

The first TROP-ICSU Meeting in Paris France

AUC along with other global unions and institutions of innovations are currently implementing a project “Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding”. The project is supported by the International Council for Science (ICSU) through International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) the lead organisation in implimenting the project code-named as TROP-ICSU. The project to-date is focusing on developing:

  • Pedagogical intervention, that bring Climate Change Science to students and to the general public (henceforth named together as learners). What we communicate should be how climate change is studied and the science behind it and not just mere statements. Learners should be able to derive for themselves the kind of human activities cause global warming and the impact of the same on our day-to-day life. As much as possible they should use local data in their analysis.
  • Tools that are easy to use in any parts of the world. Both in Urban and rural settings. The tools that we develop should be feasible to use in the class room as well as for project-based learning.
  • Targeting audience that include Senior School and undergraduate college/University teachers/practitioners of science (henceforth named together as educators). We train them to use new pedagogical method to teach Science of Climate Change. Nonetheless it is understood that this is a stand-alone topic, progress integrated to the core of the curriculum that teaches basic science and mathematics.

This work builds on complementariness that strengthens the efforts worldwide in the promotion of sustainable and equitable development. It does so by confronting two fundamental challenges that the complex dynamics of our natural world present for science educators. Firstly, how can the science community promote the interdisciplinary thinking essential for confronting the increasing anthropogenic nature of contemporary global environmental changes? Secondly, given the technical complexity of coupled climate-biosphere systems, how can we meaningfully engage with lay citizens to convey scientific concerns about the changing health and well-being of our planet? This proposal addresses both these critical issues through the development of novel pedagogical tools and practices to educate future citizens and train future researchers. It also aims developing outreach and citizen science programmes to educate at-risk communities about human-driven climate change and its societal consequences and involve them in identifying suitable solutions for the same. The global unions include:

Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA)

International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS)

International Mathematical Union (IMU)

International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)

International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)

International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST)

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

IMAGINARY

Committee on Data for Science and Technology of ICSU (CODATA)

ICSU Regional Office for Africa (ICSUROA)

Indian National Science Academy (INSA)

Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS)

National Research Foundation- South Africa

Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja

Australian Academy of Science (AAS)

UNESCO

National Committee of Egypt