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Transdisciplinary Problem Solving

A guide to transdisciplinary problem solving resources available from the ANU Library

Communication (interactive)

As an aspect of the interactive characteristic of transdisciplinary problem solving (see ANU Framework for Transdisciplinary Problem Solving), communication is one key component for achieving the ANU graduate attribute Capability to Employ Discipline-based Knowledge in Transdisciplinary Problem Solving. 

Effective communication is essential for all aspects of transdisciplinary problem solving, from identifying interactions in systems and understanding context, to decision making, to working with teams and stakeholders. Expertise in communication requires marrying theoretical knowledge with practical knowledge gained from everyday experience. 

Communication is affected by the number of people involved and can have a range of purposes including giving and receiving information, forming and maintaining relationships, and persuasion. Understanding the impact of the communication medium, context, as well as disciplinary, cultural and personal differences in communication can be important. Key skills include using dialogue methods, visualisations, story-telling and effective framing. 


Impacts of communication, especially mass media and social media.

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