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Brooks, Ben; Schaab, Katharine; Chapman, Natasha H. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
One of the great challenges interdisciplinary programs face is fguring out how to get students to engage subject matter in a truly integrative way. To accomplish integration, students do not need to become experts in multiple felds, but they do need to understand how multiple modes of thinking, theoretical lenses, and content knowledge can be…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Capacity Building, Learning Strategies, Interdisciplinary Approach
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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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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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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
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
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Haynes, Carolyn – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014
In the opening credits of the television cult classic "Iron Chef," Chairman Kaga takes a huge bite out of a big yellow bell pepper. With the ensuing smirk on his face, he introduces the famous "Kitchen Stadium," which he notes is his "dream in a form never seen before." What follows is a learning experience in which…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities, College Faculty
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Augsburg, Tanya; Chitewere, Tendai – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2013
In this article we propose a five-step sequenced approach to integrative interdisciplinary learning in undergraduate gateway courses. Drawing from the literature of interdisciplinarity, transformative learning theory, and theories of reflective learning, we utilize a sequence of five steps early in our respective undergraduate gateway courses to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Integrated Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach, World Views