The post-normal governance condition and the consequent challenges of a ‘green’ university of applied science

G.R. Leistra, D.J. Stobbelaar

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    In order to provide education that is fine-tuned not only to an individual’s interests and needs but also to the challenges that society presents future professionals with, a University of Applied Sciences (UAS) is presented with three distinct but interrelated challenges: a didactical, a practical and a scientific challenge. In this position paper we explore these challenges in light of the post-normal governance condition in which a UAS is operating. This condition is typified by two interrelated shifts. The first is the shift from normal to post-normal science that emphasizes joint knowledge production in order to address real problems that are characterized by uncertainty, contested values, risks and urgency. The second shift is from government to governance in which a multitude of public and private actors influence policy and practices. The post-normal governance condition is especially applicable to the issue-driven field of nature conservation for which VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL) in the Netherlands aims to educate and train future professionals. By elucidating the practical, didactical and scientific challenges the VHL staff faces in relation to the practice of Dutch nature conservation, we sketch an integrative approach to the post-normal governance condition. We hold that this integrative approach requires UAS staff to participate in the forefront of this complex practical reality. With the analyses presented in this paper we want to challenge and inspire researchers and lecturers in their postnormal domain, but we also aim to elicit experiences and best practices of other UAS's
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBook of Abstracts of the 5th World Conference on learning, teaching & educational leadership (WCLTA-2014)
    EditorsA. Arifoglu
    PublisherAcademic World Education and Research Center
    Pages52-53
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventWorld conference on learning, teaching & educational leadership, Prague, Czech Republic -
    Duration: 29 Oct 201430 Oct 2014

    Conference

    ConferenceWorld conference on learning, teaching & educational leadership, Prague, Czech Republic
    Period29/10/1430/10/14

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