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Teaching people to think and work across disciplinary and professional boundaries

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Teaching people to think and work across disciplinary and professional boundaries
Organisers and invited discussants: Lina Markauskaite, Peter Goodyear, Marie Carroll, Tina Hinton, Philip Poronnik, Kim Bell-Anderson, Simon Poon
TIME: 11:00-11:45am, Thursday 5, November, STL Research Fest 2015

Developing students’ capacities to work in multidisciplinary teams, communicate effectively with people across traditional professional boundaries, and solve complex real-world issues are a priority area for future enhancements of university teaching. But what is really involved? What kinds of capacities do students actually need for working effectively across disciplinary and professional boundaries? What kinds of interdisciplinary teaching and learning models are effective? What kinds of teaching and learning approaches are most productive for enhancing students’ capacities? How can we validly and effectively assess students’ mastery of various interdisciplinary skills?

In this session, we will share some insights from recent research and teaching, as a stimulus to discussing experiences and practical action in this space. If there is sufficient support, we envisage forming an action research group to collaborate in innovative educational R&D over the next few years.
If you are interested in this challenging area but can’t attend the event, please send us an email and we will keep you informed.

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Teaching people to think and work across disciplinary and professional boundaries

  1. 1. The University of Sydney Page 1 Teaching people to think and work across disciplinary and professional boundariesOrganisers and invited discussants: Lina Markauskaite, Peter Goodyear, Marie Carroll, Tina Hinton, Philip Poronnik, Kim Bell-Anderson, Simon Poon The Science of Learning Science Node Sciences and Technologies of Learning Research Network STL Research Fest @ CPC 5 November 2015
  2. 2. The University of Sydney Page 2 Our motives and aims Background 1. Cross-disciplinary, cross- faculty education is at the core of the CPC’s education mission 2. The University plans to embed interdisciplinary learning across the curriculum 3. Avoiding interdisciplinarity silos 4. Building research capacity Building on collective “know how” 1. To share insights from recent research and teaching Thinking about practical actions 1. What can help the rest of the University in this space? 2. Is there sufficient interest to collaborate in educational R&D? How to get to grips with interdisciplinary teaching and learning?
  3. 3. The University of Sydney Page 3 Today 1. Some shaping ideas (Lina) 2. Insights from teaching (Kim, Simon) 3. Insights from implementation, research, etc. (Marie, Peter, Tina, Phil) 4. Open discussion: insights, suggestions
  4. 4. The University of Sydney Page 4 Some shapes of interdisciplinarities and interprfessionalisms
  5. 5. The University of Sydney Page 5
  6. 6. The University of Sydney Page 6 Interdisciplinarities and interprofessionalisms Multidisciplinarity Within disciplines Close disciplines Complementing Methodological Instrumental Single man science Cooperative Collocated Knowledge focussed Professional Transdisciplinarity Across disciplines Remote disciplines Hybridizing Theoretical Critical Team science Collaborative Remote Problem-focused Social Integration Scope Proximity Function Extent Sharing Nature Mode Role Distribution Space
  7. 7. The University of Sydney Page 7 Shapes of interdisciplinary capabilities Disciplinary expertise Specialised knowledge Broad knowledge Expertise Exploration Execution Experience ?
  8. 8. The University of Sydney Page 8 Some questions 1. What kind of course do you teach? 2. What kinds of interdisciplinary capabilities do students learn? 3. What pedagogical principles do you use? 4. What and how do you assess? 5. What does work very well? 6. What does not work so well?
  9. 9. The University of Sydney Page 9 General questions for discussion 1. What is central for interdisciplinary expertise? 2. What is central for successful interdisciplinary learning? 3. What does bother you the most about interdisciplinary capabilities, teaching and learning? 4. What should we do next?
  10. 10. The University of Sydney Page 10 If you would like to stay informed, put your name on the list or email us: Lina.Marakauskaite@sydney.edu.a u

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