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Disciplines in Dialogue: Disciplinary Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

It seems that interdisciplinarity is usually regarded as ‘a good thing’. We understand that so many issues in life cannot be understood entirely within the framework of a single discipline. As DeZure (n.d.) reminds us life is interdisciplinary. We are faced with AIDS poverty and environmental degradation all of which have social cultural and scientific dimensions. However our universities are sectioned into schools and departments each with their own (usually jealously guarded) budget. The UK’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is facilitated by disciplinary panels which determine levels of funding for research.

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