Making Interdisciplinarity Visible using Concept Mapping

Cordeiro, Gislaine Banchetti and Aguiar, Paola Lacerda and Cicuto, Camila Aparecida Tolentino and Correia, Paulo Rogério Miranda (2012) Making Interdisciplinarity Visible using Concept Mapping. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Fifth Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. University of Malta, Valetta, Malta, pp. 330-337. ISBN 978-99957-0-309-7

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Interdisciplinarity can be considered an alternative way to reorganize the content taught during courses to recover the loss of meaning caused by the exponential growth of knowledge. Despite its importance, interdisciplinary activities in classrooms are still rare because of difficulties faced by instructors involving curriculum design and teaching method selection. The literature does not present a reliable procedure to help instructors identify possible connections between courses. The aim of this paper is to propose a procedure using Cmaps to make visible the concepts that can foster interdisciplinarity, as well as the productive dialogue involving instructors. The interdisciplinary propositional interface (IPI) highlights the core concepts responsible for merging course content and helping instructors focus attempts to connect their courses. A case study involving the courses Natural Sciences (NS) and Psychology, Education and Contemporary Issues (PECI) is presented. These courses represent the two-culture isolation, considering NS and PECI courses are from the scientific and humanities fields, respectively. Despite a seemingly difficult task, the collaborative efforts involving the instructors confirmed that the conceptual frameworks of courses can be connected. The more promising concepts to overcome the two-culture barriers are “complexity”, “religion”, and “technology”. The concepts and propositions presented in the IPI offer an excellent starting point for instructors to collaborate on concrete actions to promote interdisciplinarity in their classrooms, such as teaching methods and instructional materials. Making interdisciplinarity visible is only part of the way to make our courses more connected. The next step will be to explore the information obtained using Cmaps to make the interdisciplinarity visible to students.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2012
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2012 11:03
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2012 11:03

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