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ERIC Number: ED471540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-25
Pages: 16
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Interdisciplinary Instruction in the Humanities Enrichment Program: Alignment of Programmatic, Pedagogic, and Learner Goals.
Gudipati, Lakshmi
This paper details the benefits of interdisciplinary studies, with particular focus on the Humanities Enrichment Program at the Community College of Philadelphia. The program uses a team-teaching, linked-course paradigm. Two courses from different disciplines are aligned, and faculty from each discipline teach the linked courses as humanities courses within an interdisciplinary framework. The only requirement for the courses is that the students get above-average reading placement scores, or that they earn a grade of "B" or above in the college composition course. The two faculty members collaborate in the selection of materials, pedagogic techniques, assignment design, and evaluation. Students study a theme or topic by reading primary texts, often from across disciplines. Each instructor shares instructional time equally. The author argues against those who claim interdisciplinary studies do not ground students in the disciplinary ways of thinking by suggesting that lower-division students in general education courses need to strengthen their critical thinking and academic discourse skills more than they need to acquire in-depth disciplinary knowledge. The author provides, as a model, a description of how she taught the Hindu epic "Ramayana" along with Homer's epic "Iliad." Sample study questions and assignments are appended. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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