The University and its Disciplines: Teaching and Learning within and beyond disciplinary boundaries
University teaching and learning take place within ever more specialized disciplinary settings, each characterized by its unique traditions, concepts, practices and procedures. It is now widely recognized that support for teaching and learning needs to take this discipline-specificity into account. However, in a world characterized by rapid change, complexity and uncertainty, problems do not present themselves as distinct subjects but increasingly within trans-disciplinary contexts calling for graduate outcomes that go beyond specialized knowledge and skills. This ground-breaking book highlights the important interplay between context-specific and context-transcendent aspects of teaching, learning and assessment. It explores critical questions, such as: :
What are the ‘:ways of thinking and practicing’: characteristic of particular disciplines? How can students be supported in becoming participants of particular disciplinary discourse communities?
Can the diversity in teaching, learning and assessment practices that we observe across departments be attributed exclusively to disciplinary structure? :
To what extent do the disciplines prepare students for the complexities and uncertainties that characterize their later professional, civic and personal lives?
Written for university teachers, educational developers as well as new and experienced researchers of Higher Education, this highly-anticipated first edition offers innovative perspectives from leading Canadian, US and UK scholars on how academic learning within particular disciplines can help students acquire the skills, abilities and dispositions they need to succeed academically and also post graduation.
Carolin Kreber is Professor of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Assessment at the University of Edinburgh
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