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ERIC Number: EJ720384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
Engaging Students: Integrated Learning and Research across Disciplinary Boundaries
Gilbert, Lucia Albino; Schuilt, Paige E.; Ekland-Olson, Sheldon
Liberal Education, v91 n3 p44-49 Sum-Fall 2005
As campuses across the country explore ways to strengthen interdisciplinary studies and involve undergraduates in research, questions emerge about how best to integrate existing course offerings and majors, develop curricular rigor and agility, and strengthen administrative coordination. This article discusses two successful initiatives to integrate interdisciplinary study and participation in research into the core mission of undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin. The first of these, the Forum Seminars, introduces students to specific cross-disciplinary topics and faculty in these areas. The second, the Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDP), takes students a step further by using the forum seminar as a foundation course for an eighteen-to twenty-four hour interdisciplinary certificate program that complements the student's major and is built around general education requirements, electives, and research. Both programs are described in detail and the key factors central to the success of the initiatives are identified. (Contains 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas