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ERIC Number: ED083001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Pages: 10
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Issues in Environmental Education.
Barthel, Chris; Thompson, John
To meet the needs of society today, universities must balance their traditional specialty education with interdisciplinary approaches based on a problem-solving orientation. Utilizing this viewpoint, some of the issues and/or problems facing universities in promoting interdisciplinary education are analyzed in this speech. Issues which may retard the creation and viability of interdisciplinary programs include (1) more faculty involvement, time, and money per credit hour than the traditional specialty education, (2) the present exploratory nature of establishing programs rather than replication of recognized models and processes, (3) the inflexibility of university organizational patterns and processes, (4) the inflexibility of the university faculty member as a result of a high degree of specialization, and (5) concern that broad, multidisciplinary approaches cannot meet the high standards maintained for graduate studies. Other issues which strongly support the development of viable programs include (1) integration of disciplines as necessary for problem-solving, because of the complex nature of social problems in our world societies, (2) relevance inherent in the integration of disciplines for problem-solving purposes, and (3) the search by governmental, professional, and industrial organizations for people who can integrate social and behavioral disciplines with the sciences and technology. (BL)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Special Emerging Programs in Higher Education (1st, St. Louis, Missouri, October 17, 1973)