Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning


Interdisciplinary teaching and learning promotes connectedness between two or more disciplines, integrating and synthesizing knowledge from both in a way that is greater than the sum of its parts. The links below provide information about this approach and models of interdisciplinary courses and programs.

General Resources

"Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning," Deborah DeZure (Eastern Michigan University; now at Michigan State University). From Essays on Teaching Excellence: Toward the Best in the Academy, 1999, a publication of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education.
This article defines interdisciplinary learning, presents a rationale for its use, and describes curricular approaches that promote it.

Top Ten Suggestions for Interdisciplinary Teaching (San Francisco State University Center for Teaching and Faculty Development).
Useful suggestions for faculty engaged in interdisciplinary teaching.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching (SERC Pedagogic Service Project).
The What, Why, and How of interdisciplinary teaching, plus examples of interdisciplinary teaching in a variety of disciplines.

Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS).
This comprehensive site on interdisciplinary teaching and learning includes guidelines for this approach to education, articles and AIS newsletters, the online journal, Issues in Integrative Studies, and selected interdisciplinary syllabi.

About Interdisciplinarity ( University of Alberta, Department of Economics, Rick Szotak).
Another comprehensive site, this one "in process," with definitions of key terms; philosophy; history; and interdisciplinary best practices, including undergraduate and graduate programs, syllabi, and pedagogy.  A collaborative project among scholars interested in interdisciplinary practice, the site will eventually move to the AIS website.

IMPACT:  The Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning (College of General Studies, Boston University).
Peer-reviewed, bi-annual online journal that publishes essays about theory, practice, and assessment in interdisciplinary education.

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