Disciplinary, Deep Disciplinary, and Interdisciplinary Knowledge: The Stem of the T

Douglas W. Estry

The T-professional integrates depth, defined in terms of disciplinary knowledge and the ability to understand how individuals with that knowledge function and interact to accomplish a desired outcome within or across a system(s), and breadth, defined as the professional abilities that allow someone with deep disciplinary knowledge to engage meaningfully with others who possess different disciplinary knowledge in order to affect an outcome that might not otherwise be possible (Gardner and Estry 2017). The T draws on existing scholarly work that (1) underscores the importance of deep disciplinary knowledge; (2) emphasizes professional ...

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