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ERIC Number: EJ999086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar-15
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Double Majors Produce Dynamic Thinkers, Study Finds
Berrett, Dan
Chronicle of Higher Education, Mar 2013
An undergraduate education is traditionally supposed to provide students with both breadth and depth of knowledge, which derive from their general-education requirements and major, respectively. Increasingly, education experts also want students to develop a third skill, integrative thinking. It entails learning the deeper, underlying meaning of a discipline, making connections across courses and subjects, and applying different intellectual perspectives. Even better, some researchers say, is creative thinking, in which students master multiple disciplinary approaches to generate fresh and original ideas. Students who major in two fields are more apt than their single-majoring peers to think both integratively and creatively, according to a new study. But they achieve those goals largely on their own, often despite the obstacles put in their way by academe. Double majors tend to gain creative-thinking skills, and they do so largely on their own, despite obstacles put in their way by academe.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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