1st Edition

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Theory and Practice

Edited By Balasubramanyam Chandramohan, Stephen Fallows Copyright 2009
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    As universities increasingly offer courses that break the confines of a single subject area, more students are enrolling on interdisciplinary programmes within multidisciplinary departments. Teaching and learning within interdisciplinary study requires new approaches, including an understanding of the critical perspectives and frameworks and the rearranging of intellectual and professional boundaries.

    Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in Higher Education explores the issues and tensions provoked by interdisciplinary learning, offering helpful information for:

    • Staff development
    • Distance learning
    • Mass communication courses
    • Interdisciplinary science courses

    Grounded in thorough research, this collection is the first of its kind to provide practical advice and guidance from around the world, improving the quality of teaching and learning in interdisciplinary programmes.

    Forward, Sally Brown, Leeds Metropolitan University

    Introduction, Balasubramanyam Chandramohan and Stephen Fallows

    Part I: Horizontal

    1. "Problems may cut right across the borders": why we cannot do without interdisciplinarity, Dick Ellis, University of Birmingham, England

    2. Ethics of Interdisciplinarity: theory and practice, Susan Illingworth, University of Leeds, England

    3. Supporting interdisciplinary studies using learning technologies, Allison Littlejohn, Glasgow Caledonian University & Dr David Nicol, University of Strathclyde, Scotland

    4. Assessment in Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Programmes: Shifting Paradigms, Lorraine Stefani, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    5. Understanding ‘how students learn, both generally and in the subject’, Shân Wareing, University of the Arts, London

    6. Cross-faculty Interdisciplinary Work - or How to Work with the ‘Others’, Susana Lorenzo-Zamorano, University of Manchester, England

    7. Staff development for Interdisciplinary Programmes, Gwen van der Velden, University of Bath, England

    8. Work based learning as interdisciplinary study: a discussion of pedagogy and practice, Kate Irving, University of Chester, England

    9. Student feedback on interdisciplinary programmes, Lee Harvey, Higher Education Academy, York, England

    Section B: Vertical

    10. Interdisciplinary Tourism Education, Tazim Jamal and Dawn Jourdan, Texas A&M University, USA

    11. Five Strategic Imperatives for Interdisciplinary Study in Mass Communications/Media Studies in the U.S.and U.K., Robert J. Petrausch, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, USA

    12. Interdisciplinary Science: A Case Study in the Management of Innovation, Derek Raine, University of Leicester

    13. Theory and Practice of Interdisciplinarity in Future Studies, A. Sundaram, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

    14. Interdisciplinarity in Learning and Teaching in Religious Studies, Melanie J. Wright & Justin Meggitt, University of Cambridge

    Conclusion: Towards Interdisciplinarity in the 21st Century, Balasubramanyam Chandramohan and Stephen Fallows


    Balasubramanyam Chandramohan is a Senior Lecturer in Academic Development at Kingston University, UK.

    Stephen Fallows is Research Coordinator for the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition Science in the University of Chester, UK.