Teaching Youth Research in the Web - Experiences from Finland
Sociology University of Helsinki Helsinki, Finland
Youth research is a relatively new subject in Finnish universities, but at the moment it is offered as a minor subject in several universities around Finland. In 2008, a national university network of youth research YUNET started organizing youth studies courses nationally. So far more than 50 students around Finland and from different disciplines have taken courses offered by YUNET. The current situation concerning youth studies around Finland will be briefly described.
Meanwhile, the focus in this paper is on experiences of creating and teaching youth studies courses in the Internet. Among the questions that will be explored, are:
-how can youth research be taught as a multidisciplinary university subject?
-what kind of limitations and possibilities are offered by web-teaching-platforms such as BSCW and Moodle?
-what kind of pedagogical solutions have (not) been successful in the courses?
-how to address differences among the students depending on their discipline and their experience as students, among other things?
-what kind of unexpected problems have emerged?
-how have the students experienced the courses?
-suggestions as to how to develop the courses in the future
I will draw mainly from my own experiences as a university teacher and coordinator for YUNET, but will also give some examples from other teachers´ courses. I will also use feedback that has been given by the students. I´m hoping to start a discussion with other people in the RN Youth and Generation who are teaching multidisciplinary youth studies in different universities around Europe.