ERIC Number: EJ942333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Socialization in Interdisciplinary Doctoral Education
Boden, Daniel; Borrego, Maura; Newswander, Lynita K.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v62 n6 p741-755 Dec 2011
Interdisciplinary approaches are often seen as necessary for attacking the most critical challenges facing the world today, and doctoral students and their training programs are recognized as central to increasing interdisciplinary research capacity. However, the traditional culture and organization of higher education are ill-equipped to facilitate interdisciplinary work. This study employs a lens of socialization to study the process through which students learn the norms, values, and culture of both traditional disciplines and integrated knowledge production. It concludes that many of the processes of socialization are similar, but that special attention should be paid to overcoming organizational barriers to interdisciplinarity related to policies, space, engagement with future employers, and open discussion of the politics of interdisciplinarity.
Descriptors: Socialization, Interdisciplinary Approach, Doctoral Programs, Barriers, School Culture, College Environment, Educational Policy, Graduate Students, Politics of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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