ERIC Number: EJ850402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 258
Special Issue: Understanding Interdisciplinary Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education
Holley, Karri A., Ed.
ASHE Higher Education Report, v35 n2 p1-131 2009
The goal of this volume is to provide an overview of interdisciplinarity and American higher education. It focuses on the impact of interdisciplinary work related to the functions of teaching, learning, and research. The landscape of higher education contains multiple areas where such a process might run afoul. For example, how does interdisciplinary research affect standards of faculty tenure and promotion? How do colleges and universities encourage integration among students and faculty located in separate, often isolated departments? How do institutions construct an interdisciplinary course of study that requires students to interact with faculty and areas of knowledge from multiple disciplines? What cognitive, cultural, and social challenges exist as scholars seek to achieve an integrative synthesis? To consider these questions, this special issue discusses interdisciplinary education, research, and practice. This special issue includes the following chapters: (1) Defining Interdisciplinarity; (2) The Disciplines, Interdisciplinarity, and the University; (3) Interdisciplinarity, Learning, and Cognition; (4) Interdisciplinarity and the Practice of Research; (5) Faculty and Institutional Structure: The Conflict of Interdisciplinarity; (6) Best Practices Related to Interdisciplinary Education; and (7) Implications for Practice and the Future of Interdisciplinarity. Individual articles contain tables.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, College Students, College Faculty, Teacher Student Relationship, Intellectual Disciplines, Universities, Research, Best Practices
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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