Developing interdisciplinary research graduates: educational opportunities and dilemmas

Manathunga, C. E. (2003). Developing interdisciplinary research graduates: educational opportunities and dilemmas. In: Peter L. Jeffery, Proceedings of the Joint New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) & Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.. Joint New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) & Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand., Auckland, New Zealand, (). 29 November - 3 December, 2003.


Author Manathunga, C. E.
Title of paper Developing interdisciplinary research graduates: educational opportunities and dilemmas
Conference name Joint New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) & Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 29 November - 3 December, 2003
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Joint New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) & Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) International Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
Place of Publication Auckland, New Zealand
Publisher AARE
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN 1324-9339
1324-9320
Editor Peter L. Jeffery
Total pages 11
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Attempting to solve the complex problems of the 21st century requires research graduates that have developed a sophisticated array of interdisciplinary teamwork and communication skills. Although universities, governments, industry and the professions have emphasised the need to break down disciplinary silos in order to produce graduates, who can respond more effectively to the needs of the knowledge economy, much of this work has centred on undergraduate programs. While there are some research higher degree students who choose to work on interdisciplinary research topics, very little has been done to develop interdisciplinary research education systematically. This paper explores the educational opportunities and dilemmas involved in developing systematic programs of interdisciplinary research activities in two research centres at the University of Queensland. Framed by Bruhn's (2000, p. 58) theoretical discourse about interdisciplinary research as 'a philosophy, an art form, an artifact, and an antidote', this paper emphasises the need for such programs to embed the development of students' interdisciplinary research skills and attitudes within their research projects. The two diverse programs also emphasise experiential, active and interactive learning techniques and are centred upon the development of students' reflective practice skills.
Subjects E1
339999 Other Education
740301 Higher education
Q-Index Code E1
Additional Notes Paper number: MAN03133

 
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