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Toward a theory of interdisciplinarity: an example of conceptual integration/blending in teaching and learning in Russian and east European language-based area studies

Pleshakova, Anna, Quinlan, Kathleen M. (2013) Toward a theory of interdisciplinarity: an example of conceptual integration/blending in teaching and learning in Russian and east European language-based area studies. Russian Language Journal, 63 . pp. 169-193. ISSN 0036-0252. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The world’s most pressing problems require solutions that cross disciplinary boundaries. Yet, in an academy dominated by disciplinary thinking, interdisciplinarity is very challenging for researchers, teachers and students. We briefly discuss problem-based learning (PBL) as a promising teaching methodology for integrating multiple disciplines. However, the literature on problem-based learning does not adequately articulate the underlying cognitive processes required for interdisciplinary knowledge construction, particularly outside the clinical sciences. This paper proposes conceptual integration or blending (Fauconnier & Turner, 2002; Fauconnier & Turner, 2008; Howell, 2010; Morrison, 2003) as a promising theoretical foundation for interdisciplinary teaching and learning, particularly in area studies, which integrates numerous social sciences and humanities subjects. We illustrate this theoretical approach with examples drawn from a course on the culture of Russia and Eastern Europe. We argue that understanding interdisciplinarity from a cognitive perspective allows both students and teachers to be more self-conscious about the practice of interdisciplinary studies, thereby enhancing the learning and teaching process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: interdisciplinarity, problem-based learning, area studies
Subjects: L Education
P Language and Literature > PG Slavic. Baltic. Albanian
Divisions: Faculties > University wide - Teaching/Research Groups > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Kathleen M Quinlan
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2019 20:08 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019 16:33 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/78569 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Quinlan, Kathleen M.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3606-4148
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