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Wallace, Richard L.; Clark, Susan G. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2017
Multiple barriers in the structure and function of American higher education conspire to impede the success of interdisciplinary programs in environmental studies. We present an amalgamated narrative case study to illustrate how barriers operate both independently and in concert to undermine individual and programmatic goals, innovation, and…
Descriptors: Barriers, Interdisciplinary Approach, Environmental Education, Educational Trends
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Lash-Marshall, Whitney G.; Nomura, Christopher T.; Eck, Kimberly; Hirsch, Paul D. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2017
This article describes a strategic intervention to empower interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research groups to develop strategies for overcoming barriers to the collaborative process. We report on an application of the intervention with a team of researchers working on the development of "green materials" to reduce energy…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Researchers, Intervention, Barriers
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Carmichael, Tami; Dellner, Jennifer; Szostak, Rick – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2017
With recent increased interest in and efforts to reform and revitalize general education curricula to make an educational experience more vital and germane, many institutions have become interested in incorporating interdisciplinary learning opportunities, or even in creating fully interdisciplinary programs. In order to address the growing need…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, General Education, Teaching Methods, Information Literacy
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Bursztyn, Marcel; Maury, María Beatriz; Litre, Gabriela – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
This article analyzes the process of institutionalizing interdisciplinary graduate programs in Brazil, which has over more than four decades of experience implementing masters and doctoral problem-oriented programs designed to operate outside the disciplinary structure of universities. Brazil has a high degree of centrality and government…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Interdisciplinary Approach, Case Studies, Governance
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van der Lecq, Ria – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
This article reports the results of a qualitative case study investigating the self-authorship characteristics of learners in the context of an interdisciplinary curriculum. The study identifies the students' assumptions about knowledge, self, and relationships. The findings are based on evidence from reflective essays written by students upon…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Undergraduate Students
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Pecorella, Robert F. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
This article reports on the efforts of a political science professor teaching a multidisciplinary course focused on New York City to develop an interdisciplinary class project designed to lead students to an appreciation of the immigrant experience in the United States "From Ellis Island to JFK" (Foner, 2000). The particular…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Immigrants, Novels, Acculturation
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Arocena, Rodrigo; Sutz, Judith – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
The need that emerged in Development Studies to trespass across disciplinary boundaries is discussed. An interdisciplinary characterization of Human Sustainable Development is sketched. Some attempts at the University of the Republic in Uruguay to foster related work that connects sciences and natural sciences are briefly described. This work…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Institutional Advancement, Institutional Characteristics
Ryan, Phillip; Glodjo, Tyler; Hobbs, Bethany; Stargel, Victoria; Williams, Thad – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2015
This article is an analysis of one undergraduate English language teacher education program's integrative theoretical framework that is structured around three pillars: interdisciplinarity, critical pedagogy, and teacher exploration. First, the authors survey the unique complexities of language teaching and learning. Then, they introduce this…
Descriptors: Models, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
Horn, Sierk A. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2015
Scholars trained and credentialed in disciplines have a vast array of response options when challenged to engage with others from other disciplinary backgrounds. By considering the ways in which disciplines are like cultures and putting acculturation theory squarely into the domain of interdisciplinary studies, this article takes a new look at…
Descriptors: Acculturation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intellectual Disciplines, Business Administration Education
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Carmichael, Tami; LaPierre, Yvette – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014
This article describes the development, implementation, and results of an extensive assessment of students and student learning outcomes in an interdisciplinary, integrative learning community. This assessment project took a comprehensive view of student learning by examining specific data and direct and indirect measures of academic growth for…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Student Evaluation, Outcomes of Education, Integrated Activities
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Haynes, Carolyn – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014
In the opening credits of the television cult classic "Iron Chef," Chairman Kaga takes a huge bite out of a big yellow bell pepper. With the ensuing smirk on his face, he introduces the famous "Kitchen Stadium," which he notes is his "dream in a form never seen before." What follows is a learning experience in which…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities, College Faculty
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Tayler, Marilyn R. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014
The author demonstrates that entry-level students can achieve a more comprehensive understanding of complex problems through an explicitly interdisciplinary approach than through a merely multidisciplinary approach, using the process described in Repko's (2014) "Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies." Repko takes the…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Case Studies, Arabs, Foreign Countries
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Ryan, Phillip; Kurtz, Jill Sornsen; Carter, Deanne; Pester, Danielle – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014
This article is a collaboration by the lead faculty member in a Masters program in Intercultural Studies and students who completed the program under his aegis. This article presents the program's approach to its research course sequence, an approach involving the integration of interdisciplinary and qualitative research. The authors first provide…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Graduate Study
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Szostak, Rick – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2013
Our understanding of the process of interdisciplinary research has expanded considerably over the last decades. The purpose of this brief paper is to take stock of where we are and where we are going. The first section addresses definitional issues and discusses the relationship between teaching and research. The second section discusses potential…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Research, Educational Practices, Learning
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Williams, Jeff – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2013
Weaving together stories from history, as well as his own experience, Mr. Williams speaks about how critical public works and policy questions cannot be solved by people trained in one discipline in isolation--arguing that the hyper-specialization of the 20th century swung the pendulum too far. He closes with a reminder of how integrative studies…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Specialization, Public Policy, Higher Education
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