Interdisciplinary foundations: Reflecting on interdisciplinarity and three decades of teaching and research at Griffith University, Australia

Franks, Daniel, Dale, Patricia, Hindmarsh, Richard, Fellows, Christine, Buckridge, Margaret and Cybinski, Patti (2007) Interdisciplinary foundations: Reflecting on interdisciplinarity and three decades of teaching and research at Griffith University, Australia. Studies in Higher Education, 32 2: 167-185.

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Author Franks, Daniel
Dale, Patricia
Hindmarsh, Richard
Fellows, Christine
Buckridge, Margaret
Cybinski, Patti
Title Interdisciplinary foundations: Reflecting on interdisciplinarity and three decades of teaching and research at Griffith University, Australia
Journal name Studies in Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-174X
0307-5079
Publication date 2007-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03075070701267228
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 167
End page 185
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge (on behalf of Society for Research into Higher Education)
Language eng
Subject 1301 Education Systems
Abstract Interdisciplinarity is widely practised and theorised. However, relatively few studies have reflected on university-wide attempts to foster the concept. This article examines interdisciplinary teaching and learning at Griffith University, Australia. It reflects on the foundations of interdisciplinarity at the university and situates them within the broader context of innovations in worldwide practice; it draws from the literature on interdisciplinarity to traverse the broad understandings of the term; it discusses the Griffith University innovations implemented in support of the concept; and, it reports on the likely outcomes of current methods designed to improve interdisciplinary practice. Whilst challenging barriers to interdisciplinarity continue to exist, compounded by varied conceptions of what interdisciplinarity entails, positiv learning and research outcomes have been accomplished at the university from its interdisciplinary foundations, which also provide a platform to go forward.
Keyword Interdisciplinarity
Teaching and learning models
Teaching and learning
Higher education
Q-Index Code C1

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