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Reflections on learning in interdisciplinary settings
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (Ageing and Living Conditions)
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, ISSN 1812-9129, Vol. 22, no 2, 204-208 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the present article, we reflect on some didactic challenges and possibilities that emerge when teaching in interdisciplinary settings. We argue that teaching in interdisciplinary studies rests on movements between different understandings, and that it gives ample opportunities for beneficial learning processes. This does not only apply to interdisciplinary studies. The metaphor of taking a journey can be used to illustrate thelearning process and the dimension of personal change associated with moving between different understandings and discourses of knowledge. Some of the questions we raise in this article are: In what ways can differing disciplinary backgrounds be of help or create a hindrance? What are the specificdidactic challenges one faces? What happens to one’s understanding of one’s own subject afterhaving been confronted with something new and different?

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Fort Collins: International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning , 2010. Vol. 22, no 2, 204-208 p.
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educational work; History Of Sciences and Ideas; History Of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37078OAI: diva2:357685
Available from: 2010-10-19 Created: 2010-10-19 Last updated: 2014-01-31Bibliographically approved

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