ERIC Number: EJ1076784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Doctoral Education and the Development of an Interdisciplinary Identity
Holley, Karri A.
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v52 n6 p642-652 2015
Higher education is challenged to produce innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary knowledge in response to increasing social demands. Faculty are often ill-prepared to engage in such work, raising questions as to the balance between disciplinary identity and interdisciplinary engagement. This article examines the experiences of 40 students enrolled in an interdisciplinary PhD programme. How might scholars embarking on their academic career develop an interdisciplinary identity? The data suggest the importance of a strong disciplinary foundation, an understanding of the integrative process, the recognition of interdisciplinary outcomes and the ability to participate in collaborative research. The conclusions offer insight into how faculty and doctoral students might conceptualise interdisciplinary education.
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Doctoral Programs, Student Experience, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Observation, Semi Structured Interviews, Neurosciences, Outcomes of Education, Teamwork, Integrated Activities, Student Attitudes, Professional Identity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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