Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
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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.
"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 Integrative 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.
Interdisciplinary Models of Service-Learning in Higher Education (National Service-Learning Clearinghouse).
This site focuses on integrating service-earning and interdisciplinary learning, discusses its benefits, provides resources and online links, and describes numerous examples of interdisciplinary service-learning courses and programs in higher education institutions.
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.