ERIC Number: ED139235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
The Concept of "Interdisciplinarity" and Implications of Languages.
Moore, William E.
This paper discusses the relevance of language content and language instruction in an interdisciplinary educational program, and explores the interrelationship of language and the interdisciplinary thrust as the basis for a pedagogical approach. One of the effects of the intense preoccupation in the late fifties and early sixties with education in science and with specialization was the failure to envision the implications of following such a narrow path. To counteract this effect, it is suggested that undergraduate curricula be reorganized to include interdisciplinary learning experiences for all students. The Institute for Services to Education (ISE) is currently assisting ten institutions in the development of classroom materials for such interdisciplinary experiences. The activities in this connection at Southern University in Baton Rouge are described, specifically with regard to a course in contemporary science. Initial experiences in the course focussed on the development of key concepts which cut across the disciplines of the natural sciences. These concepts were then reinforced by applying them to contemporary scientific problems, including linguistic problems. One problem encountered in interdisciplinary courses involves students lacking a grasp of resource materials necessary to deal with a problem. An alternative to traditional independent study is the use of programmed letters integrating the use of resource materials. (CLK)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Language Programs, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Instruction, Resource Materials, Science Education, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Conference on Language Teaching, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Paper presented at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (11th, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1975)