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ERIC Number: EJ1193704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1081-4760
Report from the Field: Interdisciplinary General Education
Carmichael, Tami; Dellner, Jennifer; Szostak, Rick
Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, n35 p248-258 2017
With recent increased interest in and efforts to reform and revitalize general education curricula to make an educational experience more vital and germane, many institutions have become interested in incorporating interdisciplinary learning opportunities, or even in creating fully interdisciplinary programs. In order to address the growing need for interdisciplinary curricula work, the authors, as representatives of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS), facilitated a workshop on Interdisciplinary General Education at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) conference on General Education in February 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to describe how to employ interdisciplinary thinking into programs and courses. The overall lesson was to communicate that interdisciplinary thinking and practice should not only be widely employed within General Education, but also that it is quite feasible for instructors who are not immersed in the literature on interdisciplinarity, would be able to develop and teach interdisciplinary courses and curricula. In addition, attendees were introduce to resources available for interdisciplinary curriculum design on the AIS website. This article summarizes the events of the workshop and the concluding thoughts from the authors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey