Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education: The Challenges of Adaptability

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Abstract

In an increasingly competitive higher education sector, the role of interdisciplinarity is a complex one. Researchers are called upon to adopt interdisciplinary practices as the only way to tackle global social challenges. Teaching at universities often draws upon interdisciplinary strategies as a way of embedding holistic learning and producing more adaptable graduates. At the same time, disciplinary boundaries remain in place and may be even more important to universities called upon to market their subjects in a very competitive higher education environment. The authors of this chapter will critically explore the debates around interdisciplinarityi n a higher education sector that is forcing institutions to become increasingly adaptable. The chapter will firstly debate the place of interdisciplinary studies in research and teaching in higher education from a social policy perspective. Secondly, the chapter will examine the theoretical perspectives on interdisciplinarity and will provide a model framework. Finally, the authors of this chapter will consider their own research and teaching experiences in the context of debates about interdisciplinarity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMentorship, Leadership, and Research:
Subtitle of host publicationTheir Place within the Social Science Curriculum
EditorsMichael Snowden, Jamie Halsall
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Chapter10
Pages129-146
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319954462
ISBN (Print)9783319954479
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Falcus, S., Cameron, C., & Halsall, J. (2019). Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education: The Challenges of Adaptability. In M. Snowden, & J. Halsall (Eds.), Mentorship, Leadership, and Research: Their Place within the Social Science Curriculum (pp. 129-146). Springer International Publishing AG.