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Bursztyn, Marcel; Maury, María Beatriz; Litre, Gabriela – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
This article analyzes the process of institutionalizing interdisciplinary graduate programs in Brazil, which has over more than four decades of experience implementing masters and doctoral problem-oriented programs designed to operate outside the disciplinary structure of universities. Brazil has a high degree of centrality and government…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Interdisciplinary Approach, Case Studies, Governance
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Condee, William – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
This article suggests that the arts and humanities are in the midst of an interdisciplinary turn. This turn is a reaction to two problems: the transformation of universities in the twenty-first century and the challenges posed by postmodernism. The interdisciplinary turn, as identified here, is toward critical thinking in teaching and learning and…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Art Education, Humanities, Teaching Methods
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van der Lecq, Ria – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
This article reports the results of a qualitative case study investigating the self-authorship characteristics of learners in the context of an interdisciplinary curriculum. The study identifies the students' assumptions about knowledge, self, and relationships. The findings are based on evidence from reflective essays written by students upon…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Undergraduate Students
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Arvidson, P. Sven – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
There are significant parallels between interdisciplinarity and phenomenology. Interdisciplinary conscious processes involve identifying relevant disciplines, evaluating each disciplinary insight, and creating common ground. In an analogous way, phenomenology involves conscious processes of epoché, reduction, and eidetic variation. Each stresses…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Research, Phenomenology, Cognitive Processes
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Pecorella, Robert F. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
This article reports on the efforts of a political science professor teaching a multidisciplinary course focused on New York City to develop an interdisciplinary class project designed to lead students to an appreciation of the immigrant experience in the United States "From Ellis Island to JFK" (Foner, 2000). The particular…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Immigrants, Novels, Acculturation
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Arocena, Rodrigo; Sutz, Judith – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
The need that emerged in Development Studies to trespass across disciplinary boundaries is discussed. An interdisciplinary characterization of Human Sustainable Development is sketched. Some attempts at the University of the Republic in Uruguay to foster related work that connects sciences and natural sciences are briefly described. This work…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Institutional Advancement, Institutional Characteristics
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Villa-Soto, Juan Carlos – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
In this article we discuss interdisciplinary teaching and research in Latin America through the lens of Mexican perspectives, in particular the experiences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The history of these experiences goes back to the creation of the frst interdisciplinary education programs in Mexico in the 1970s and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Research, Educational Practices
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Hidalgo, Cecilia – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
Interdisciplinarity and knowledge networking are at the core of current global, regional, and national initiatives concerning climate. Both scientifc knowledge and public participation are essential to enhance the capacity of different sectors and governments to respond to challenges posed by climate variability and change. Exchange and bridge…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Climate, Meteorology, Prediction
Arvidson, P. Sven – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2015
One reason scholars and students are attracted to interdisciplinary studies and its research process is because doing good work in the field requires values, traits and skills that are virtuous rather than vicious. This study examines how successful interdisciplinary research is intrinsically related to the human capacity for reverence in the face…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Theories, Perspective Taking, Moral Values
Szostak, Rick – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2015
An extensional definition of interdisciplinarity--that is, a definition that identifies the types of practices that are interdisciplinary--is explained, advocated, and developed. The criteria for identifying appropriate interdisciplinary practices are outlined. Such a definition is useful both for interdisciplinary teachers and researchers who…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Definitions, Educational Practices, Best Practices
Ryan, Phillip; Glodjo, Tyler; Hobbs, Bethany; Stargel, Victoria; Williams, Thad – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2015
This article is an analysis of one undergraduate English language teacher education program's integrative theoretical framework that is structured around three pillars: interdisciplinarity, critical pedagogy, and teacher exploration. First, the authors survey the unique complexities of language teaching and learning. Then, they introduce this…
Descriptors: Models, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
Horn, Sierk A. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2015
Scholars trained and credentialed in disciplines have a vast array of response options when challenged to engage with others from other disciplinary backgrounds. By considering the ways in which disciplines are like cultures and putting acculturation theory squarely into the domain of interdisciplinary studies, this article takes a new look at…
Descriptors: Acculturation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intellectual Disciplines, Business Administration Education
Hasni, Abdelkrim; Lenoir, Yves; Alessandra, Froelich – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2015
New curricular orientations in the secondary schools of many Western countries invite teachers of STEM school subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to integrate these school subjects (Czerniak, 2008). In Quebec, such interdisciplinarity is not a mere recommendation, but an official component of the curriculum (a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Secondary Education, STEM Education
Lenoir, Yves; Hasni, Abdelkrim; Froelich, Alessandra – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2015
Although interdisciplinary approaches to education are found throughout the West, interdisciplinarity is not everywhere conceived and implemented the same way. Adopting a socio-historical perspective, this article presents two conceptions of interdisciplinarity in primary and middle school education (though the conceptions are apparent at other…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Education, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
Piso, Zachary – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2015
The dominant account of interdisciplinary integration mobilizes linguistic metaphors such as bilingualism or the learning of new languages. While there is something right about these linguistic metaphors, I urge caution about philosophical confusions that can arise in the absence of careful scrutiny of how our language relates to the world.…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Figurative Language, Philosophy, Integrated Curriculum
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