ERIC Number: ED472722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Cognitive Processes in Interdisciplinary Groups: Problems and Possibilities. Research Monograph.
O'Donnell, Angela M.; DuRussel, Lori Adams; Derry, Sharon J.
The paper presents literature related to the problems and promises of interdisciplinary work. Important characteristics of effective work groups are described, and origins of difficulty in groups are discussed. Most work on groups has been based on research on groups that come together only in the laboratory. These groups are different from natural groups in many ways. Interdisciplinary groups are usually natural groups and may experience some special difficulties because of the combinations of disciplines represented and the implications of disciplinary allegiance to problem representations and solution strategies. Examples of interdisciplinary teams are examined. To understand and influence group processes in interdisciplinary groups, we need a broader model of cognition within which we can interpret the individual-level and system- level variables and the interactions among these variables. Methodologies for studying interdisciplinary interaction are suggested. (Contains 103 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Elementary Secondary Education, Engineering, Group Dynamics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematics, Problem Solving, Science Education, Small Group Instruction, Technology
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Science Education, Madison, WI.