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ERIC Number: EJ829880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
Why Is Being Interdisciplinary so Very Hard to Do? Thoughts on the Perils and Promise of Interdisciplinary Pedagogy
Nowacek, Rebecca S.
College Composition and Communication, v60 n3 p493-516 Feb 2009
This essay explores the challenges facing students and teachers in the interdisciplinary classroom. Based on observations of a team-taught interdisciplinary class and drawing on cultural historical activity theory, I argue that the psychological double binds that result from the clash of different disciplinary activity systems constitute both the greatest challenge and richest potential of interdisciplinary classrooms. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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