Conceptual Foundations for Multidisciplinary Thinking

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APPENDIX A
Implications for Education

Are there implications for undergraduate education from what we have seen in this volume? Several results bear directly on this question.

First, we need to supply our university students with overviews, a map of the intellectual country, in addition to, not as a replacement for, the 48 state maps of the individual disciplines. Without overviews, students lack schemata to understand our world. See Chapter 20.

Second, despite the common wisdom that we cannot construct overviews, we have seen several in this volume, and there is no obvious reason why others cannot be constructed.

Third, we have seen a number of tools and schemata for thinking about multidisciplinary issues. Teaching these tools and schemata to students would provide them with ways to think about the connections between their own disciplines and the world as a whole, which would be beneficial not only for the intellectual system as a whole but also for the individual disciplines. In other words, it is critical to provide students with ways to think about multidisciplinary issues in addition to key facts about multidisciplinary topics. If we taught students no more than the tools, hypotheses, and guidelines in this volume, we would have already moved some distance toward giving them useful schemata and methods for thinking about the intellectual world as a whole and how their discipline fits into that world.

Fourth, we have no body of scholars who are responsible for the task of creating, improving, and teaching multidisciplinary materials of the sort this volume begins to develop. It seems to be the lack of a community of scholars, and not impossibility, that has prevented creation of multidisciplinary materials.

Fifth, we think with the schemata we have, and we cannot think well, if at all, about areas in which we lack schemata. This topic cries out for study.

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