ERIC Number: ED474943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Content, Conciousness, and Colleagues: Emerging Themes from a Program Evaluation of Graduate Student Progress toward Multidisciplinary Science.
Kusmierek, Kristin N.; Piontek, Mary
Multidisciplinary education attempts to produce individuals with new capacities to address the problems of an increasingly interconnected world. Although these programs are often exciting, descriptions of optimal design and measures of success are few. Emerging evaluation results from one multidisciplinary graduate training program provide insights into the development of differently trained scientists. The program aims to train doctoral students from a range of science disciplines to conduct research on environmental questions that lie at the interface of biospheric and atmospheric sciences. Data were collected from faculty and students who participated in the programs first 2 years. The first cohort contained six students for 2000-2001 and five for 2001-2002, and the second cohort, which had finished only its first year, contained four students in 2001-2002. Evaluation findings have informed program modifications that better facilitate students integration of new learning. Additional findings suggest how students describe their progresscharacterized by content acquisition, awareness of disciplinary connections, and interaction across disciplinary communitiestoward multidisciplinarity. (Contains 1 table and 25 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
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