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Valences of Interdisciplinarity: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy

Valences of Interdisciplinarity: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy (Paperback)

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The modern university can trace its roots to Kant's call for

enlightened self-determination, with education aiming to produce an

informed and responsible body of citizens. As the university evolved,

specialized areas of investigation emerged, enabling ever more precise

research and increasingly nuanced arguments. In recent decades,

however, challenges to hegemony of disciplines have arisen, partly in

response to a perceived need for the university to focus greater energy

on its public vocation-on teaching and the dissemination of


Valences of Interdisciplinarity presents essays by an

international array of scholars committed to enhancing our

understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and the practical

realities of interdisciplinary teaching and research. What is, and what

should be, motivating our reflections on, and our practice of,

approaches that transcend the conventional boundaries of discipline?

And in adopting such transdisciplinary approaches, how do we safeguard

critical methods and academic rigour? Reflecting on the obstacles they

have encountered both as thinkers and as educators, the authors map out

innovative new directions for the interdisciplinary project. Together,

the essays promise to set the standards of the debate about

interdisciplinarity for years to come.

EducationEducation TheoryHigher & further education, tertiary educationUniversitiesEducationEducation TheoryPhilosophy & theory of education Publisher: AU Press Publication Date: 01/12/2011 ISBN-13: 9781926836461  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Raphael Foshay is the program director of the Master of Arts in Integrated Studies program at Athabasca University. His research interests include literary and cultural theory, and continental philosophy.

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