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Title: Teachers’ and Principals’ Views of Interdisciplinary Learning
Authors: Cohen, Etan
Marcus, Gad
Gavish, Uri
Yehi-Shalom, Oren
Novis-Deustsch, Nurit
Alexander, Hanan
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Cohen, E., Marcus, G., Gavish, U., Yehi-Shalom, O., Novis-Deustsch, N., & Alexander, H. (2022). Teachers’ and principals’ views of interdisciplinary learning. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 123-130). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Little is known about how teachers and principals view interdisciplinarity at the K12 level. In recent years, we have been working with Israel’s Ministry of Education and ten secondary schools to develop and enact interdisciplinary curricula in the humanities. During this partnership, we conducted a series of twenty-four interviews with teachers and principals, to glean their views of interdisciplinarity. We found that they understood interdisciplinarity as a broad reform with the potential to impact school life in myriad ways. Moreover, their views on the definitions, potential benefits, and ways to enact interdisciplinarity at the K-12 level extended beyond a cognitive lens, to include sociocultural and critical interpretations as well. Ultimately, we believe that teachers and principals are uniquely situated, and that their points of view could contribute to a grounded theory of interdisciplinarity at the K-12 level, which is currently lacking.
Description: Long Paper
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