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Does interdisciplinarity exist behind the facade of traditional disciplines? A study of natural resource management teaching

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Pharo, EJ and Bridle, K, Does interdisciplinarity exist behind the facade of traditional disciplines? A study of natural resource management teaching, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 36, (1) pp. 65-80. ISSN 0309-8265 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/03098265.2011.575127

Abstract

We investigated the hypothesis that interdisciplinarity is being explicitly taught behind the facade of traditional disciplines. We interviewed 14 academics (seven geographers and seven agricultural scientists) about their teaching in the inherently interdisciplinary field of natural resource management. Our teachers were generally well informed about interdisciplinarity, believed it is important in a natural resource mangement degree, and participants viewed the traditional discipline-based structure as a major obstacle to collaboration, mostly because of competition between disciplines for student income. Other barriers included the strong rewards of disciplinary specialization, the difficulty of sustaining teaching teams, and other university structures, such as inflexible timetables. We suggest that if institutions with traditional discipline-based structures want to provide students with interdisciplinary opportunities, teachers need to be adequately supported in terms of workload, career workloads and pedagogy.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interdisciplinarity, collaboration, natural resource managment
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Natural Resource Management
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Author:Pharo, EJ (Dr Emma Pharo)
Author:Bridle, K (Dr Kerry Bridle)
ID Code:69901
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2011-05-24
Last Modified:2014-05-27
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