Validating social competencies as learning outcomes of innovation pedagogy - experiences in Finland and Poland

Taru Penttilä , Adam Jagiełło-Rusiłowski , Liisa Kairisto-Mertanen


Organizations aim to create innovations and need employees who possess the competencies essential for creating added value within specific eco-systems. Higher education institutions in EU are challenged by the demand for innovators and the lack of tested methods to teach and validate social competencies which have become more crucial to working life than knowledge alone. Innovation pedagogy aims at developing complex educational system contributing to local and global eco-systems of innovation. The purpose of this study is to discuss the challenges to validate the students’ social competencies as learning outcomes of innovation pedagogy in higher education perceived by stakeholders. The study extends the individual-based learning used in many contexts to include interpersonal and networked learning to develop social competencies and support ability to create innovations. The authors offer some solutions based on Polish and Finnish experiences. The study combines the results of literature review on the topic with Appreciative Inquiry done with key stakeholders. The results are useful both for students, lecturers, and employers, and for all those who want to outreach and engage in the validation of learning and increase the impact of the higher education institutions among their stakeholders.
Author Taru Penttilä
Taru Penttilä,,
, Adam Jagiełło-Rusiłowski (FSS / IE / DCT)
Adam Jagiełło-Rusiłowski,,
- Division of Curriculum Theory
, Liisa Kairisto-Mertanen
Liisa Kairisto-Mertanen,,
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Book Björkqvist Jerker, Laakso Mikko-Jussi , Roslöf Janne, Tuohi Raija, Virtanen Seppo (eds.): International Conference on Engineering Education 2012 : Turku, Finland, July 30 - August 2, 2012 : proceedings, 2012, Turku University of Applied Sciences, ISBN 978-952-216-296-0, 282 p.
Keywords in Englishsocial competencies, validation, innovation pedagogy, higher education, Poland, Finland
Languageen angielski
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