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Multidisciplinary Lessons
What is the multidisciplinary approach?

    The multidisciplinary approach is also
    called the “interdisciplinary” approach

    It allows for the combination of different
    subjects during one lesson or project.

    It can be also be an opportunity to team
    teach with another teacher if so desired
    (although it is by no means necessary).
Multidisciplinary Lessons
Why use it?

    Real-world situations are complex and
    require knowledge of several different
    subjects.

    Encourages the students to apply their
    existing and newly-acquired knowledge in
    a more practical and hands-on way.
Multidisciplinary Lessons
Here's an example:




                The Israeli-Palestinian
                       Conflict




             Obviously, this is a very
                 complex issue.
Multidisciplinary Lessons
Here's an example:
                                                      Political origins of
      Retaliation                                            Israel
       mentality



                            The Israeli-Palestinian
                                   Conflict




           Religious
                                                   Water resources
          differences


   These are all factors in the conflict. Each factor represents a different
                          discipline or area of study.
Multidisciplinary Lessons
Here's an example:
                                                 Political origins of
     Retaliation                                        Israel
      mentality
                                                       History
     Sociology
                       The Israeli-Palestinian
                              Conflict




          Religious
         differences                        Water resources

         Philosophy
         Philosophy                          Earth sciences
Multidisciplinary Lessons
Here's an example:

    It's impossible to analyze the Israeli-
    Palestinian conflict without touching on
    several different subjects.

    This example is intentionally broad, but
    there are plenty of opportunities to
    incorporate other disciplines into your
    lessons.
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Multidisciplinary approach

  • 1. Multidisciplinary Lessons What is the multidisciplinary approach?  The multidisciplinary approach is also called the “interdisciplinary” approach  It allows for the combination of different subjects during one lesson or project.  It can be also be an opportunity to team teach with another teacher if so desired (although it is by no means necessary).
  • 2. Multidisciplinary Lessons Why use it?  Real-world situations are complex and require knowledge of several different subjects.  Encourages the students to apply their existing and newly-acquired knowledge in a more practical and hands-on way.
  • 3. Multidisciplinary Lessons Here's an example: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Obviously, this is a very complex issue.
  • 4. Multidisciplinary Lessons Here's an example: Political origins of Retaliation Israel mentality The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Religious Water resources differences These are all factors in the conflict. Each factor represents a different discipline or area of study.
  • 5. Multidisciplinary Lessons Here's an example: Political origins of Retaliation Israel mentality History Sociology The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Religious differences Water resources Philosophy Philosophy Earth sciences
  • 6. Multidisciplinary Lessons Here's an example:  It's impossible to analyze the Israeli- Palestinian conflict without touching on several different subjects.  This example is intentionally broad, but there are plenty of opportunities to incorporate other disciplines into your lessons.
  • 7. Multidisciplinary Lessons 6 steps for a multidisciplinary lesson:  Pre-instructional planning – If teaching alone, make sure that you are acquainted with the material from the other disciplines.  Introduce the methodology to your students – Explain why the subject at hand has such a wide variety of approaches to understanding it.  Deliver the lesson – Make sure to deliver the content in a clear, coherent way so that the students understand the connections between each point and how they relate to each other.
  • 8. Multidisciplinary Lessons 6 steps for a multidisciplinary lesson:  Practice interdisciplinary thinking – Give your students regular assignments that allow them to think about issues from other sides, other than just the subject you teach.  Provide feedback – Note especially if the students are able to successfully integrate and synthesize their knowledge.  Self-assessment – Ask the students to evaluate their ability to view a topic from multiple angles.
  • 9. Multidisciplinary Lessons Here's an example: Climate change Start by identifying some of the important parts of the climate change debate.
  • 10. Multidisciplinary Lessons Here's an example: Developing nations Economic incentive to desiring pollute improved living conditions Climate change Political reactions Climatology Step 1: Make sure you understand all the relevant information from each discipline. (i.e., climatology, political science, economics, and sociology)
  • 11. Multidisciplinary Lessons Here's an example: Developing nations Economic incentive to desiring pollute improved living conditions Climate change Political reactions Climatology Step 2: Ask your students to map out as many factors as they can think of that relate to climate change.
  • 12. Multidisciplinary Lessons Here's an example: Developing nations Economic incentive to desiring pollute improved living conditions Climate change Political reactions Climatology Step 3: Present your prepared lesson material. If possible, get your students to research each topic more in depth.
  • 13. Multidisciplinary Lessons Here's an example: Developing nations Economic incentive to desiring pollute improved living conditions Climate change Political reactions Climatology Step 4: Have the students take sides in a mock UN panel about how to address climate change. Have each student represent a different “interest”
  • 14. Multidisciplinary Lessons Here's an example: Developing nations Economic incentive to desiring pollute improved living conditions Climate change Political reactions Climatology Step 5: Give feedback to the students (using a rubric if applicable)
  • 15. Multidisciplinary Lessons Here's an example: Developing nations Economic incentive to desiring pollute improved living conditions Climate change Political reactions Climatology Step 6: Debrief students on their participation in the activity
  • 16. Multidisciplinary Lessons Now it's your turn:  Design an multidisciplinary lesson based on a topic of your choice. Map out the various issues involved (as above) and give specific activities that you could do to integrate and synthesize the information.
  • 17. Multidisciplinary Lessons Now it's your turn:  If you cannot think of a topic, here are a few examples you may use: − The gender pay gap − Gun control − Music in the 70s − The Cold War − The Industrial Revolution in Europe/US − The element helium