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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: a setting for Professional and Research skills

Dixon, John; Gordon, Neil Andrew

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This paper considers the use of the United Nations global goals to provide a framework for the teaching of professional and related skills. The main example and case study considered in this paper is from computing; however, much of the approach and many of the issues are applicable to a wide range of subjects, especially in science. Alongside the specific skills attached to sustainability, the paper also considers the broader development of some of the investigative and analytical skills that underpin university research and reflect the need for a research informed curriculum, and the so-called teaching-research nexus. The paper also considers other aspects of the context for graduate skills, including accreditation requirements and employers' expectations; such expectations of graduates frequently include the requirement that students are able to understand and demonstrate a range of non-technical specific issues, topics and skills and issues. This paper describes the use of global challenges to motivate the delivery and engagement with a case study.

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Dixon, J., & Gordon, N. A. (2021). The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: a setting for Professional and Research skills. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 16(1), https://doi.org/10.29311/ndtps.v0i16.3660

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 29, 2021
Online Publication Date May 4, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date May 4, 2021
Publicly Available Date May 5, 2021
Journal New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences
Print ISSN 1740-9888
Electronic ISSN 1740-9888
Publisher Higher Education Academy
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.29311/ndtps.v0i16.3660
Keywords Sustainable development; Social awareness; Graduate attributes; Research skills; Computer science education
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3762293

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