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ERIC Number: EJ802595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0736-0983
Constructing the Interdisciplinary Ivory Tower: The Planning of Interdisciplinary Spaces on University Campuses
Harris, Michael S.; Holley, Karri
Planning for Higher Education, v36 n3 p34-43 2008
The demand for interdisciplinary teaching and research suggests the need to understand how universities are undertaking and fostering interdisciplinarity. Through an examination of strategic and master plans at 21 research universities, this article explores how institutions plan and foster interdisciplinary engagement through the use of space on campus. The construction of such space acknowledges that the discrete functions of the university, frequently attributed to the disciplines and departments, are not generally conducive to interdisciplinary engagement. Physical space is a necessary component for successful interdisciplinary initiatives both functionally and symbolically. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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