ERIC Number: ED211156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Interdisciplinary Cornucopia.
Sbaratta, Philip A.
At North Shore Community College (NSCC), students in career programs comprise 70% of the student population. To counter the vocational-school effect of programs heavily emphasizing career training, interdisciplinary, team-taught courses were initiated. However, the time required in planning, scheduling, and grading along with other problems resulted in the disappearance of these first courses. A more innovative and successful solution was the creation of a Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (DIS) to develop, promote, and monitor interdisciplinary curricula. DIS faculty, who also represent traditional disciplines, scrutinize the content of the DIS courses to protect the academic integrity of specific disciplines. The DIS uses a variety of organizational and methodological strategies, including team teaching, multi-discipline courses taught by one instructor, thematic courses, and discipline combinations. Some of the DIS courses are "Artistic Vision: An Introduction to Art, Music, and Literature,""The Business of Energy: Crisis and Opportunity,""Introduction to the Study of the Future,""The Arts: Pathways to Perception,""Your Lifestyle through Food and Nutrition,""The Future of Sex: Crisis in Roles and Identities,""American Studies: Literature and Arts in New England,""Search for Self: Beliefs and Images,""The Sporting Life," and "The Philosophy of Science." The DIS offers many benefits for faculty and for students, who are frequently motivated to further study. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Shore Community College MA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on English in the Two-Year College (16th, Baltimore, MD, October 22-24, 1981).