Developing the Connective Tissue of the T

Gordon Rowland1 and Jason Hamilton2


The Ithaca College faculty has created an integrated core curriculum that requires students to select among five themes and to take four courses that represent different perspectives of their theme. This is intended to help students empathize with multiple viewpoints, for example, to come to know how perspectives differ in terms of epistemology, methods, and assumptions.

We believe that, while the courses succeed in introducing multiple, distinct ways of knowing, they do not sufficiently prepare students to make connections across. In other words, they lead to multidisciplinary, not inter- or transdisciplinary understanding, and to dotted lines ...

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