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The Synergistic Classroom: Interdisciplinary Teaching in the Small College Setting
edited by Corey Campion and Aaron Angello
contributions by Jonathan Munson, April M Boulton, Erika Cornelius Smith, Maryann Conrad, Julia F. Klimek, Christine D Myers, Audra L Goach, Hilary Cooperman, Winston Ou, Lana A. Whited, Sharon E. Stein, Martha Barcenas-Mooradian, Amanda M. Caleb, Alicia H. Nordstrom, Tina L Hanlon, Peter Crow, Susan V Mead, Carolyn L Thomas, Delia R. Heck, Paola Prado, Corey Campion, Autumn Quezada-Grant, Aaron Angello, Paul D. Reich, Patricia Marchesi, Patrick L Hamilton, Allan W. Austin and Christine Dehne
Rutgers University Press, 2021
Cloth: 978-1-9788-1842-2 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-1844-6 | Paper: 978-1-9788-1841-5
Library of Congress Classification LB2361.5.S96 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 378.1990973

Among the many challenges confronting the liberal arts today is a fundamental disconnect between the curricula that many institutions offer and the training that many students need. Discipline-specific models of teaching and learning can underprepare students for the kinds of interdisciplinary collaboration that employers now expect. Although aware of these expectations and the need for change, many small colleges and universities have struggled to translate interdisciplinarity into programs and curricula that better serve today’s students.

Written by faculty engaged in the design and delivery of interdisciplinary courses, programs, and experiential learning opportunities in the small college setting, The Synergistic Classroom addresses the many ways faculty can leverage their institutions' small size and openness to pedagogical experimentation to overcome the challenges of limited institutional resources and enrollment concerns and better prepare students for life and work in the twenty-first century. Taken together, the contributions in this volume invite reflection on a variety of important issues that attend the work of small college faculty committed to expanding student learning across disciplinary boundaries.
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