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Dolan, Erin L.; Elliott, Samantha L.; Henderson, Charles; Curran-Everett, Douglas; St. John, Kristen; Ortiz, Phillip A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Discipline-based education research (DBER) is an emergent, interdisciplinary field of scholarship aimed at understanding and improving discipline-specific teaching and learning. The number of DBER faculty members in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) departments has grown rapidly in recent years. Because the interdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Tenure, Educational Research, Promotion (Occupational), Interdisciplinary Approach
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Holley, Karri A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Threshold concepts have been widely utilized to understand learning in academic disciplines and student experiences in a disciplinary curriculum. This study considered how threshold concepts might operate within an interdisciplinary setting. Data were collected through interviews with 40 doctoral students enrolled in an interdisciplinary program…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Fundamental Concepts, Neurosciences, Case Studies
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Settles, Isis H.; Brassel, Sheila T.; Montgomery, Georgina M.; Elliott, Kevin C.; Soranno, Patricia A.; Cheruvelil, Kendra Spence – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
As scientific teams in academia have become increasingly large, interdisciplinary, and diverse, more attention has been paid to honorary authorship (i.e., giving authorship to those not making a significant contribution). Our study examined whether honorary authorship occurs because of the desire to include all or many team members. Interviews…
Descriptors: Authors, Faculty Publishing, Interviews, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Lattuca, Lisa R.; Knight, David; Seifert, Tricia A.; Reason, Robert D.; Liu, Qin – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
We investigated how learning outcomes of students majoring in interdisciplinary fields differ from those of students in discipline-based majors. We found that students in interdisciplinary majors report less change in Critical Thinking and Need For Cognition than their peers in disciplinary majors, but no difference in change in Positive Attitude…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Interdisciplinary Approach, Outcomes of Education, College Students
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Ryan, Cathal; Bergin, Michael; Titze, Sylvia; Ruf, Wolfgang; Kunz, Stefan; Mazza, Riccardo; Chalder, Trudie; Windgassen, Sula; Miner, Dianne Cooney; Wells, John S. G. – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
There has been significant growth recently in online learning and joint programmes of education involving collaborative partnerships between and among higher education institutions in different jurisdictions. Utilising an interdisciplinary team model (Care and Scanlan 2001), we describe in this article the process of collaboration among four…
Descriptors: Online Courses, International Cooperation, Higher Education, Educational Improvement
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Shandas, Vivek; Brown, Stephan Edward – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Interdisciplinarity is heralded as a relatively new educational and research paradigm that can effectively address complex problems at disciplinary boundaries. Yet little is known about the extent to which interdisciplinarity has penetrated higher education, nor about how students and program administrators view its usefulness. Through a case…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Administrators, Higher Education, Case Studies
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Thompson, Carol; Kleine, Michael – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Two professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock co-taught an interdisciplinary course in speaking and writing dialogically, that is, without lecture. Given that many learning environments include large enrollments and online instruction, both of which often foster an impersonal atmosphere, it seemed that dialogic instruction might…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Writing Instruction
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Goodman, Barbara E.; Huckfeldt, Vaughn E. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
In order to meet the South Dakota Board of Regents requirements for an upper level writing course with global perspective for all graduates, the administration at the University of South Dakota established an interdisciplinary course to be taken by all majors. Two faculty members from different disciplines were assigned to teach each section with…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Required Courses, Writing Instruction, Global Approach
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Knight, David B.; Lattuca, Lisa R.; Kimball, Ezekiel W.; Reason, Robert D. – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
Though the number of interdisciplinary undergraduate programs has increased rapidly over the past several decades, little empirical research has characterized such programs. In this article we report on our investigation of the characteristics of interdisciplinary programs and develop typologies to describe the multiple ways in which such programs…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Undergraduate Study, Multivariate Analysis, College Curriculum
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Smith-Sebasto, Nicholas J.; Shebitz, Daniela J. – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
We explain the process used at Kean University (New Jersey) to create an innovative undergraduate degree program in sustainability science. This interdisciplinary program provides students with the strong science background necessary to understand and address the opportunities associated with sustainability. We articulate seven steps taken during…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Bachelors Degrees, Educational Innovation, Sustainability
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Staats, Susan; Sintjago, Alfonso; Fitzpatrick, Renata – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
Learning communities can strengthen early undergraduates' learning, but planning them can be daunting for instructors. Learning communities usually rely on integrative assignments that encourage interdisciplinary analysis. This article reports on our experiences using microloans as an interdisciplinary assignment in a learning community that…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Foreign Countries, Assignments, World Literature
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Draeger, John; del Prado Hill, Pixita; Hunter, Lisa R.; Mahler, Ronnie – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) draws from student feedback to gauge the level of academic challenge at particular institutions (Kuh 2009). Inspired by attempts to understand the implications of NSSE data on other campuses (Payne et al. 2005), a cross-disciplinary research group at our institution developed a multidimensional…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Learner Engagement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models
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Vanasupa, Linda; McCormick, Kathryn E.; Stefanco, Carolyn J.; Herter, Roberta J.; McDonald, Margot – Innovative Higher Education, 2012
In this article we describe the challenges of transdisciplinary teamwork involving four faculty members from dissimilar epistemological traditions in the process of developing a manuscript on the lessons learned in our teaching collaboration. Our difficulty originated in implicit mental models and assumptions that caused incongruence between our…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Teacher Collaboration, Writing for Publication, Program Descriptions
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McFadden, Kathleen L.; Chen, Shi-Jie; Munroe, Donna J.; Naftzger, Jay R.; Selinger, Evan M. – Innovative Higher Education, 2011
In response to a growing movement within higher education to provide interdisciplinary educational programs, this study describes the creation of an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in healthcare policy and management. Building on prior research, we surveyed healthcare executives to examine their perceptions about the need for such a…
Descriptors: Expertise, Interdisciplinary Approach, Graduate Study, Educational Certificates
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Cohen, Nevin – Innovative Higher Education, 2010
This article demonstrates the educational value of an undergraduate course that integrates design and the liberal arts to teach about ecological systems, using study of the university campus as the means to connect theory and practice. It presents the curricular goals, objectives, results, and lessons learned from a qualitative case study of a…
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Environmental Education, Ecology, Theory Practice Relationship
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