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ERIC Number: ED541390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Becoming an Engineering Education Researcher: Finding Pathways toward Interdisciplinarity. Research Brief
Allendoerfer, Cheryl; Adams, Robin; Bell, Philip; Fleming, Lorraine; Leifer, Larry
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (NJ1)
Interdisciplinary thinking is gaining momentum as an important topic for empirical investigation, particularly in regard to how crossing disciplinary boundaries can enrich teaching and learning across fields. There is a need for researchers who can think and work at the interdisciplinary interface. However, despite increased attention given to interdisciplinarity as a goal, there remains much to understand about the nature of interdisciplinary work and who is doing it. This study focuses on one particular interdisciplinary setting: engineering education--an interdisciplinary space at the interface between engineering and education perspectives. Findings emerged regarding three major elements of the process of becoming an interdisciplinary researcher: (1) the points of entry to this type of work and to the interdisciplinary space where this work takes place; (2) what facilitates people's continued work in and navigation through this space; and (3) strategies for successful interdisciplinarity.
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education. Available from: University of Washington. Box 352183, Seattle, WA 98195. Fax: 206-221-3161; e-mail: celtad@engr.; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE)