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Title: Interdisciplinary learning : a chimera of Scottish education?
Author: Harvie, Julie
ISNI:       0000 0004 7960 8472
Awarding Body: University of Stirling
Current Institution: University of Stirling
Date of Award: 2018
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Interdisciplinary learning (IDL) is cited as one of the four contexts for learning alongside Curriculum areas and subjects, Ethos and life of the school and Opportunities for personal achievement. As a result, interdisciplinary education has become a prevalent topic, over the past decade, in both primary and secondary schools. IDL has been linked with promoting higher order, critical thinking, where participants are given opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills (Education Scotland, 2012). It is unclear, however, how IDL is understood and implemented by practitioners in Scottish schools, as little research has been done in this area. This thesis attempts to address this situation, by taking a closer look at the nature of interdisciplinarity and investigating how IDL is understood by primary classroom practitioners and translated into practice. The aim is to investigate whether authentic interdisciplinary work exists, or if like the chimera, a hybrid monster from Greek mythology, it is something which remains illusory. A Macro level policy analysis examines the policy context surrounding IDL and two case studies, from different Scottish primary schools, where teachers' understandings and classroom practices are examined and provide an empirical basis for the research. To analyse the data generated, a cross-case analysis mixed with a narrative approach is used. Factors such as policy context, environment, school cultures and traditions are taken into consideration, in order, to understand their impact on teacher agency and make sense of the findings. It is hoped that this thesis will provide some clarity around interdisciplinary practices and open discussion on the subject among practitioners. Recommendations for future practice regarding IDL are made at the end.
Supervisor: Priestley, Mark ; Humes, Walter Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Interdisciplinary Learning ; Curriculum ; Primary Education ; Educational Policy ; Cross Curricular ; Curriculum for Excellence ; Learning Scotland ; Education, Primary--Scotland ; Education and state--Scotland ; Scotland Curriculum for Excellence