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ERIC Number: ED471539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-25
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Interdisciplinary Studies as Nexus: Crossing Discipline Borders into the World.
Peterson, Laurel S.
At Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Connecticut, a small group of faculty created three interdisciplinary courses with the belief that they would assist students in developing more finely honed critical thinking skills. One course is in the hard sciences, another in the social sciences, and another in the humanities. This paper discusses the ways in which the courses in the social sciences and the humanities encouraged students to cross disciplinary boundaries and examine contemporary issues from multiple perspectives. The humanities course included visual art, performance art, media arts, literature, music, and philosophy. The instructor established a theoretical grounding and then moved to practical experience by requiring students to do a creative project. The students also completed an experience paper, for which they were expected to view a work by a major artist. The social science course began by discussing the influences of the individual and society on one another. This course offered an overview of economic, philosophical, gender, class, race, and other issues in the chosen readings. The social science class began by presenting a theoretical basis for later class discussion of issues. It also examined the political, social, and economic roles of money in American society. Both courses asked students to pay attention, think, and consider real world consequences. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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