BEST PRACTICE TO PROMOTE STUDENTS’ SKILLS IN MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH
Universitat Jaume I (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2018
Location: Palma, Spain
Abstract:During the academic year 2017-2018 the members of the Innovation on teaching Group of the Universitat Jaume I, have been researching about the methodological improvement and promotion of the multidisciplinary research of the Degree in Tourism, and they have been working in a line of research which aims to increase the abilities of the students. With the purpose of to get to know the issues of the best practices applied in other universities, researchers from other Spanish and foreign universities belonging to the Higher Education Area have been incorporated to the Universitat Jaume I group as collaborators. This paper aims to analyse the main lines of the best practices in promoting multidisciplinary research in students, carried out at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, at the Department di Giurisprudenza of the University of Torino, and at the University of Social and Human Science in Warsaw.
The Group of Innovation on teaching of the Universitat Jaume I took into account that in the University of Castilla-La Mancha the professors created a project named "Practical case as an interdisciplinary and integrating didactic instrument". The experience was articulated around a case. This method allowed the students to do an approach to the work system needed in their future professional life and the students used scientific research methods. The results have been very positive because the students learned and obtained very good marks.
The second experience that was analyzed in the framework of this project was carried out in the Department of Giurisprudenza of the University of Torino as an interactive seminar which aimed the deepening knowledge of the international law (in particular, public international law, international commercial law and international economic law) and of the European Union legislation through participation in international simulated court competitions. Legal writing and defence skills were developed during the course. The students dealt with the main substantive issues of one of the cases that have been proposed, related to EU international law along with procedural aspects related to one of the procedures used at the following Courts: International Court of Justice, European Court of Justice, International commercial arbitration and the International Chamber of Commerce. The level acquired by the students regarding the subjects dealt with in this seminar was considered very satisfactory and the students were able to improve their skills in law research.
Finally, at the University of Social and Human Science in Warsaw it was made a proposal of an innovative approach to research in legal sciences which aimed to learn and apply the legal-dogmatic method, taking into account how it is used in other legal systems analysed in a given case. It requires to research on the development of individual legal institutions in each of the analysed legal systems. The legal and comparative method is now very useful. It is forced not only by the globalization processes, but above all by the practical needs. This experience leads to improve the research method used by law students, and was assessed as a very useful one.
All these experiences were discussed in a virtual seminar held in March 2018 and the conclusions obtained will be applied by the Innovation in Teaching Group of the Universitat Jaume I to improve multidisciplinary research in the Degree in Tourism of the Universitat Jaume I in the next academic years.
Keywords: Skills, research, multidisciplinary, best practices.