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The Interdisciplinary Witness: Interdisciplinary Pedagogy and Speaking the New

Sierra, M, Wise, K ORCID: 0000-0001-9558-7112 and Brewin, R 2018 , 'The Interdisciplinary Witness: Interdisciplinary Pedagogy and Speaking the New', in M Sierra and K Wise (eds.), Transformative Pedagogies and the Environment: Creative Agency through Contemporary Art and Design , Common Ground Research Networks, Champaign, IL, pp. 11-30.

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Interdisciplinarity has become an increasingly important goal for both industries anduniversities around the world, championed as a necessity if the “wicked problems” ofour times are to be addressed. Creative practices such as art and architecture havelong histories of interdisciplinarity and therefore play an important role in preparingstudents for careers that will necessarily be situated in an environmentally challengedfuture. This chapter cites several art projects that collaborated across art, architecture,science and engineering, and which in turn engaged transformative pedagogicalapproaches to connect audiences and students with ecological imperatives. The casestudies demonstrate different interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies beingeffectively combined in the making of contemporary art and design. As institutions,universities have always been characterised by the evolution, splitting, and reformingof disciplines such that “routine interdisciplinarity” driven by emerging challenges isa defining feature (Davies & Devlin, 2010). Boyer acknowledged this imperative inhis seminal 1990 report for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement ofTeaching, where he introduced the notion of a scholarship of integration: “the work ofthe scholar also means stepping back from one’s investigation, looking forconnections, building bridges between theory and practice” (Boyer, 1990).

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Sierra, M and Wise, K and Brewin, R
Keywords: art, design, transformative paedagogies
Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
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Copyright 2018 Marie Sierra and Kit Wise, eds.

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