What is the relationship between research and education?

And what is the role of interdisciplinarity and project work in IT education?

Yesterday 17th March I attended a workshop organized by IME. The goal of the workshop was that of getting feedback from the Norwegian IT industry representants about the ICT education provided at our faculty. Very positive that 30 persons decided to dedicate their day to this goal. Interesting discussions.

I am not sure if we manage to disseminate our “raison d’être” as an institution which has research and education as equally important and mutually dependent goals. Those people I talked with were not postive to interdisciplinarity nor project work as a tool for cooperative learning. Research&Education, interdisciplinarity, project work: I have used 22 years to practive and reflect about these issues.

Even a young student was advocating the effectiveness of professors teaching at the blackboard with their choke on the blackboard and individual exams.
I listened more than I talked. I wanted to shout and refer to my inspirators: Lev Vygotskij, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and my own professor Conradi. But I was polite and I listened. I have at least 22 more years to insist on research, interdisciplinarity, and project work.

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