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Interdisciplinary higher education and the Melbourne model

Davies, Martin and Devlin, Marcia 2007, Interdisciplinary higher education and the Melbourne model, in Creativity, enterprise, policy: new directions in education, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, Lower Hutt, N.Z, pp. 1-16.

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Title Interdisciplinary higher education and the Melbourne model
Author(s) Davies, Martin
Devlin, Marcia
Conference name Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia. Conference (2007 : Wellington, N.Z.)
Conference location Wellington, N.Z
Conference dates 6-9 December 2007
Title of proceedings Creativity, enterprise, policy: new directions in education
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2007
Conference series Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Conference
Start page 1
End page 16
Publisher Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
Place of publication Lower Hutt, N.Z
Summary The so-called ‘Melbourne Model’ has recently been adopted by the Council of the University of Melbourne, Australia after a long consultation process and widespread media attention. It proposes the design of new subjects which offer what are referred to as ‘different ways of knowing’ from students’ ‘core’ disciplines, partly through ‘the delivery of breadth subjects that are interdisciplinary in character’. This paper explores interdisciplinary higher education in the light of The Melbourne Model’. Definitional issues associated with the term ‘academic discipline’, as well as the newer terms ‘interdisciplinary’, ‘pluridisciplinary’, ‘cross-disciplinary’, ‘transdisciplinary’ and ‘multidisciplinary’ are examined. Some of the pedagogical issues inherent in a move from a traditional form of educational delivery to that underlined by the Melbourne Model are outlined. Some epistemological considerations relevant to multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity are discussed.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2007, Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia
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