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ERIC Number: ED426739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Pages: 145
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Interdisciplinary Courses and Programs: Pedagogy and Practice. Recommendations for Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation.
Robles, Harriett J.
This paper traces the development of disciplinarity in higher education, examines the arguments for and against interdisciplinarity, and identifies major issues in the development of interdisciplinary programs in general, particularly at community colleges. The following subjects are explored in detail: (1) relevant terminology, including curriculum, discipline, interdisciplinary, crossdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, pluridisciplinary, and integrated; (2) disciplinarity and the development of the undergraduate curriculum in American higher education; (3) issues in interdisciplinarity; (4) curricular change; (5) designing interdisciplinary courses and programs; (6) administration of interdisciplinary programs; (7) interdisciplinary studies in the California Community Colleges; and (8) problem-based learning. This paper argues that barriers to successful implementation of interdisciplinary studies include faculty resistance, lack of administrative support, and the rigidity of existing policies and procedures within the community colleges themselves. Appended are a guide to interdisciplinary syllabus preparation, related journal articles, a California Community Colleges list of the top 49 interdisciplinary studies, "Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges" (Jose Peralez), and "Placement of Courses within Disciplines" (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges). Contains 64 references. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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