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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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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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Villa-Soto, Juan Carlos – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2016
In this article we discuss interdisciplinary teaching and research in Latin America through the lens of Mexican perspectives, in particular the experiences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The history of these experiences goes back to the creation of the frst interdisciplinary education programs in Mexico in the 1970s and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Research, Educational Practices
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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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Razzaq, Jamila; Townsend, Tony; Pisapia, John – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2013
This study explores what academics in one major university in Great Britain (The Great Western University) perceive interdisciplinary research (IDR) to be, and in doing so, differentiates it from associated concepts, such as multidisciplinary research and transdisciplinary research, found in the research literature. This study is important because…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Mixed Methods Research, Case Studies, Semi Structured Interviews