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Title: Toward a Cognitive Framework of Interdisciplinary Understanding
Authors: Sung, Shannon
Shen, Ji
Zhang, Dongmei
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Sung, S., Shen, J., & Zhang, D. (2012). Toward a Cognitive Framework of Interdisciplinary Understanding. In van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M. J., & Reimann, P. (Eds.), The Future of Learning: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012) – Volume 1, Full Papers (pp. 299-306). Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Students need to think and work across disciplinary boundaries in the 21st century. However, it is unclear what interdisciplinary thinking means and how to assess students' interdisciplinary understanding. In this paper, drawing from multiple perspectives in the learning sciences, we aim to apply and refine a theoretical framework that helps define interdisciplinary learning in science. Specifically, we examine four cognitive dimensions of interdisciplinary understanding: integration, translation, transfer, and transformation (IT3 framework). We apply the framework in analyzing the conversations among university faculty members from different science disciplines who strive to improve college level science education. We report our results and further discuss the implications of using our framework in conceptualizing interdisciplinary learning.
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