Teaching Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Learning Barriers and Classroom Strategies

dc.contributor.authorRichter, David M.en
dc.contributor.authorParetti, Marie C.en
dc.contributor.authorMcNair, Lisa D.en
dc.contributor.departmentEngineering Educationen
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-05T19:41:06Zen
dc.date.available2018-03-05T19:41:06Zen
dc.date.issued2009en
dc.description.abstractEducators have known for some time that simply putting students in teams is not sufficient to teach teamwork; instead, students need explicit instruction and guidance in teaming to work effectively. A similar principle applies to interdisciplinary teamwork: putting students in interdisciplinary teams – an increasingly common practice in engineering education – is not sufficient to teach interdisciplinary collaboration. Nor are traditional teaming skills alone enough to enable students to work effectively across interdisciplinary boundaries. This paper addresses this gap in teaching practices by first briefly identifying barriers to students successfully engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration and defining corresponding measurable learning outcomes. It then focuses in detail on teaching practices designed to help students achieve the learning outcomes. These findings have been developed from a multi-case study of interdisciplinary collaboration in a green engineering program that draws students from multiple engineering disciplines as well as business, industrial design, and related fields.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers 0633537 and 0648439. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/82444en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherASEEen
dc.relation.ispartof2009 ASEE Southeast Section Conferenceen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectInterdisciplinaryen
dc.subjectTeamworken
dc.subjectLearning outcomesen
dc.subjectTeaching strategiesen
dc.subjectDisciplinary egocentrismen
dc.titleTeaching Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Learning Barriers and Classroom Strategiesen
dc.typeConference proceedingen
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
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