A best-practice model for integrating interdisciplinarity into the higher education student experience

Power, EJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0048-0927 and Handley, J 2017, 'A best-practice model for integrating interdisciplinarity into the higher education student experience' , Studies in Higher Education, 44 (3) , pp. 554-570.

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Abstract

Today's global society creates an environment characterised by complex problems, solutions to which require transcendence of traditional discipline-based boundaries, and new forms of knowledge-sharing. Higher education (HE) has a central role in interdisciplinary knowledge creation and dissemination, reinforced by funding councils, professional bodies and government policy. That notwithstanding, there is currently no recognised best practice approach to interdisciplinary working in UK HE institutes. The aim of this paper is to develop a best practice model to facilitate interdisciplinarity within the UK HE sector, focusing on teaching and learning and the student learning experience. Based on the results of an exploratory and empirical enquiry, a HE Interdisciplinary Model (HIM) of best practice is proposed. The HIM is informed by the development of four themes and six ensuing enablers from a synthesis of perceived barriers, possible facilitators and potential solutions to interdisciplinarity within UK HE. However, further research is necessary to validate the proposed model.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > No Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Higher Education
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0307-5079
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Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 07:39
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 12:05
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/63822

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