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ERIC Number: EJ1060430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7869
Complicated Spaces: Negotiating Collaborative Teaching and Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education
Bryant, Lauren H.; Niewolny, Kim; Clark, Susan; Watson, C. Edward
Journal of Effective Teaching, v14 n2 p83-101 2014
This study focused on the socially-constructed meanings, implications, and institutional factors that influence the extent to which faculty members engage in collaborative teaching at a research university. Drawing upon theoretical foundations of interdisciplinarity and collaborative teaching and in-depth findings from faculty focus groups, we illustrate the various models of collaborative teaching currently in use by faculty and the structural conditions governing these teaching experiences. Findings suggest that while collaborative teaching experiences are emerging as teaching innovation and are potentially beneficial to students, they are institutionally challenging and often incongruent to the dominant culture of the research university.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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