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The Interdisciplinary Witness: Interdisciplinary Pedagogy and Speaking the New


Sierra, M and Wise, K and Brewin, R, The Interdisciplinary Witness: Interdisciplinary Pedagogy and Speaking the New, Transformative Pedagogies and the Environment: Creative Agency through Contemporary Art and Design, Common Ground Research Networks, M Sierra and K Wise (ed), Champaign, IL, pp. 11-30. ISBN 978-1-86335-010-5 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2018 Marie Sierra and Kit Wise, eds.

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Interdisciplinarity has become an increasingly important goal for both industries and universities around the world, championed as a necessity if the "wicked problems" of our times are to be addressed. Creative practices such as art and architecture have long histories of interdisciplinarity and therefore play an important role in preparing students for careers that will necessarily be situated in an environmentally challenged future. This chapter cites several art projects that collaborated across art, architecture, science and engineering, and which in turn engaged transformative pedagogical approaches to connect audiences and students with ecological imperatives. The case studies demonstrate different interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies being effectively combined in the making of contemporary art and design. As institutions, universities have always been characterised by the evolution, splitting, and reforming of disciplines such that "routine interdisciplinarity" driven by emerging challenges is a defining feature (Davies & Devlin, 2010). Boyer acknowledged this imperative in his seminal 1990 report for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he introduced the notion of a scholarship of integration: "the work of the scholar also means stepping back from one’s investigation, looking for connections, building bridges between theory and practice" (Boyer, 1990).

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:art, design, transformative paedagogies
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Art theory
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Wise, K (Professor Kit Wise)
ID Code:124968
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2018-03-21
Last Modified:2018-12-07

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