Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Interdisciplinarity

The US National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) programs aim to encourage new approaches to interdisicplinary education.  IGERTS are developed to meet the challenges of educating doctoral level scientists, engineers and educators with the interdisciplinary background, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines and the technical, professional and interpersonal skills to lead their fields and become creative agents for change.  The University of Washington’s Urban Ecology IGERT has provided insights into how to create and sustain a culture of interdisciplinarity.  This report describes this IGERT’s approaches to interdisciplinary team-learning, team-working and team teaching and reports on the problems, challenges and progress.

Marzluff, J., Nerad, M., Bradley, G., Alberti, M., Ryan, C.,  Zumbrunner, C., &  Shulenberger, E.  (2003).  Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Interdisciplinarity: Novel approaches to graduate education in the environmental sciences.  Unpublished report.

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