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Kjellberg, Paul; O'Rourke, Michael; O'Connor-Gómez, Doreen – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
Researchers typically embark on interdisciplinarity after the acquisition of disciplinary expertise. This article explores the possibility of teaching interdiciplinarity to undergraduate students who have not yet mastered or are in the process of mastering a discipline or disciplines. It focuses on junior-year students in the Whittier Scholars…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Programs, Interdisciplinary Approach, Scholarship
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Monson, Renee A.; Kenyon, Kristy L. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
Interdisciplinary undergraduate programs have grown dramatically in recent decades, but they are vulnerable to cuts given various stakeholders' calls for greater accountability in higher education. Assessing the outcomes of interdisciplinary majors presents an array of challenges, including how to describe and categorize patterned variation in the…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Majors (Students), General Education, Liberal Arts
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Schulz, Jennifer – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
This article will describe how I have integrated my work as a psychotherapist specializing in trauma and as a literature professor in an interdisciplinary course on Trauma Narrative in which I explore with my students how literary texts (novels, poetry, and plays) and clinical discourses (e.g. the "Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Trauma, Interdisciplinary Approach, Novels
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McCormack, Brian – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
Color has been considered as a special problem in several disciplines, notably art and music, but also philosophy and literature. Given that color is also a central feature of some scientific thought (think of Newton and the color spectrum, for example), the question "What color is the interdisciplinary?" seems to be a golden opportunity…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Color, Epistemology, Philosophy
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Laursen, Bethany K. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
This article aims to convince readers of the value of intersecting the scholarship of interdisciplinarity with the field of argumentation studies. The interdisciplinarity literature has not much engaged with the vehicle that carries interdisciplinary learning, languages, and locutions: the argument. On the argumentation studies side, despite the…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Persuasive Discourse, Inferences, Pattern Recognition
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Upton, Heidi – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
This article focuses on an article by William H. Newell (2001): "A Theory of Interdisciplinary Studies" ("Issues in Integrative Studies," 19, pp. 1-25). It explores the spatial and temporal dimensions in the architecture of urban form, applying the essential inquiry process that begins in sensory experience. This process of…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Sensory Experience, Spatial Ability, Architecture
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Newell, William H.; Arvidson, P. Sven – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
This article features a conversation on the occasion of a May 2018 "Festschrift" in "Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies" to honor the work of William Newell, between Newell and P. Sven Arvidson. William Newell is Emeritus Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University, where he taught interdisciplinary courses full…
Descriptors: Integrity, Interdisciplinary Approach, Liberal Arts, Humanities
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Szostak, Rick – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
The scholarship of interdisciplinarity provides a potentially powerful response to anti-intellectual and anti-democratic impulses. It recognizes that proof and disproof are generally impossible, and that scientists can be biased in their evaluation of the evidence. Yet it proposes a set of strategies for transcending scholarly disputes in order to…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Democracy, Scholarship, Values
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Welch, James, IV – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
This article examines the main ideas presented in Newell's groundbreaking article, published in "Issues in Integrative Studies" in 2001, "A Theory of Interdisciplinary Studies": that complexity is a precondition for interdisciplinary research, that interdisciplinary research utilizes disciplinary perspectives, and that…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Perspective Taking, Systems Approach, Intellectual Disciplines
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Keestra, Machiel – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
Many colleagues who have become active in AIS have experienced that their membership has entailed friendships with like-minded people, thanks to Bill Newell's creation of a welcoming atmosphere from which both individuals and the organization have benefitted. Musing upon the words behind the acronym AIS, and anticipating its historic first…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Conferences (Gatherings), Group Membership, Organizations (Groups)
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Klein, Julie Thompson – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
This article places William Newell's work on interdisciplinary studies (IDS) within the larger landscape of definitions, theories, and practices of interdisciplinarity. It begins by benchmarking three of his major contributions to the field of interdisciplinary studies read in the context of expanding literature on related topics: specifically his…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Benchmarking, Best Practices, Guidelines
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Carmichael, Tami S. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
As William Newell observed, in order to obtain an excellent undergraduate education, it is necessary for students to move between disciplinary and interdisciplinary educational experiences; additionally, he claims it is essential that "students also…shuttle back and forth between the classroom and the outside world" (Newell, 2010, p.…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Perspective Taking, Interdisciplinary Approach, Student Development
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Henry, Stuart – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
Accepting Newell's invitation to develop his interdisciplinary theory to address new developments, I first consider Newell's complex systems theory of interdisciplinarity. I then review developments of his theory before critiquing its merits and deficiencies. This critique is informed by recent critical realists' works that point to deficiencies…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Epistemology, Criticism, Constructivism (Learning)
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Welch, James, IV – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2017
The identification of conflict and development of common ground, important steps in the interdisciplinary research process, become challenging when applied to solving complex real-world problems that involve opposing interest groups, especially those whose members do not possess academic or interdisciplinary training. This article examines…
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Interdisciplinary Approach, Research, Problem Solving
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Wallace, Richard L.; Clark, Susan G. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2017
Multiple barriers in the structure and function of American higher education conspire to impede the success of interdisciplinary programs in environmental studies. We present an amalgamated narrative case study to illustrate how barriers operate both independently and in concert to undermine individual and programmatic goals, innovation, and…
Descriptors: Barriers, Interdisciplinary Approach, Environmental Education, Educational Trends
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