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ERIC Number: EJ865437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1040-726X
Teaching and Learning in Interdisciplinary Higher Education: A Systematic Review
Spelt, Elisabeth J. H.; Biemans, Harm J. A.; Tobi, Hilde; Luning, Pieternel A.; Mulder, Martin
Educational Psychology Review, v21 n4 p365-378 Dec 2009
Interdisciplinary higher education aims to develop boundary-crossing skills, such as interdisciplinary thinking. In the present review study, interdisciplinary thinking was defined as the capacity to integrate knowledge of two or more disciplines to produce a cognitive advancement in ways that would have been impossible or unlikely through single disciplinary means. It was considered as a complex cognitive skill that constituted of a number of subskills. The review was accomplished by means of a systematic search within four scientific literature databases followed by a critical analysis. The review showed that, to date, scientific research into teaching and learning in interdisciplinary higher education has remained limited and explorative. The research advanced the understanding of the necessary subskills of interdisciplinary thinking and typical conditions for enabling the development of interdisciplinary thinking. This understanding provides a platform from which the theory and practice of interdisciplinary higher education can move forward.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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