Re-Imagining the Structure of College Learning

Re-Imagining the Structure of College Learning

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Colleges have begun to see a problem with how higher education has been formed. The divided knowledge leaves gaps in learning. Which an interdisciplinary experience helps fill the in knowledge gaps. It is also said that Interdisciplinary studies in higher education is more beneficial for young adults  as they are transitioning into real life. The divided knowledge of higher education as it has been in the past has more and more people thinking that it is not helpful for real life. While an Interdisciplinary approach does, and also supports a more meaningful and truthful path.



I see this as such an important part of learning. Some negative outcomes can come about from a lack of meaning & truth. Here are a few examples:

  1. lack of motivation
  2. lack of knowledge
  3. lack of a sense of purpose
  4. lack of communication with others

As a beginner inter disciplinarian this has been helpful for me in these ways. It has helped me connect the dots in my education and expand my horizons. It has also given me more meaning in what I do, leaving me happier with what I am doing. Which really makes a difference in my quality of life and performance in my education.

There seems to be a cultural clash with this issue. As some people still value traditional education styles, while some people see the benefits of change in the modern world. This was an interesting point. As everything is always evolving. I think this is especially prominent in this generation because we grew up with technology (which is always changing). In my experiences I have valued change and have been very adaptable to it. Growing up with technology has made me

  1. Adaptable to change
  2. Seek change, always wanting to improve things, make them faster, more convenient
  3. creative & open to risk taking (not afraid of new things)

If you think about older generations they grew up in different circumstances, which I believe is the reason to these cultural differences. The differences and clashes between generations seems to be inevitable.

“The major challenge remains, then, the search for, and elucidation of,
interconnections between disciplines, fields, and sub-fields while addressing
specific problem areas not reducible to a single methodological approach or
encompassed by a single discipline.” (Gruenwald 2014).

The interest in interdisciplinary studies (IDS) is growing among students. They like the connections between fields. They are seeing how they can create better, newer ideas this way. They are also seeing that this allows them to think more critically and dynamically. It is still a challenge in higher education to transform their systems to a more interdisciplinary one though. The idea of IDS is growing and in the process, and I think within time there will eventually be an even greater switch to incorporating this original learning style into higher education. Even here at Plymouth State it has grown quickly. There used to be ten students in our whole campus doing this for their major, and it has grown to around a hundred students.


Gruenwald, Oskar. “The Promise of Interdisciplinary Studies: Re-Imagining the University.”¬†Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, vol. 26, no. 1/2, Sept. 2014, pp. 1-28. EBSCOhost,


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  1. Robin DeRosa Reply

    A small quibble: I wish your intro named the title and author of the article before you jumped into the discussion. That being said, this is a great summary that makes me want to track down the article and read it, and I love how you tie it into our own IDS program here at Plymouth. Sounds like you chose a great piece!

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