1st Edition

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780415341301
Published December 5, 2008 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.