Interdisciplinary learning: addressing the implementation gap

Harvie, J. (2020) Interdisciplinary learning: addressing the implementation gap. Scottish Educational Review, 52(2), pp. 48-70.

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Interdisciplinary learning (IDL) features heavily within Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and is promoted as a way to develop skills building and conceptual creativity in students, factors which are now seen as crucial for the twenty-first century education system (Khadri, 2014; Kolmos, 2016). Recent studies suggest, however, that although teachers welcome the idea of IDL in principle, there is a serious policy implementation gap (Harvie, 2018, Graham, 2019). While it is recognised that the structure as well as the culture of organisations can hinder policy enactment (Thorburn, 2017), this article focuses on the issue of conceptual clarity as a barrier to implementation and aims to address this by considering an epistemology and conceptual framework through which IDL can be better understood. Factors which promote IDL are explored along with examples of practice which match the conceptual model. A structure for planning IDL tasks is also suggested with the intention of opening discussion around this topic and providing practitioners with practical ideas.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Harvie, Dr Julie
Authors: Harvie, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Educational Leadership & Policy
Journal Name:Scottish Educational Review
Publisher:Scottish Academic Press
ISSN (Online):0141-9072
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Scottish Academic Press
First Published:First published in Scottish Educational Review 52(2):48-70
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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