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Journal of Effective Teaching, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2016  

Everett, M. C. (2016). Interdisciplinary Studies: A Site for Bridging the Skills Divide. The Journal of Effective Teaching, 16(2), 20-31. [Full Text]


This study explores student learning outcomes from an Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies course. The article focuses on students’ perceptions of cognitive abilities, skills and attributes developed through participation in an interdisciplinary research and design project. Participants were 50 students enrolled in the course. A pre-post survey matched pairs design was used to analyze data generated from Likert scale responses. Content analysis was used to analyze responses to open-ended survey questions. The study’s findings illustrate the potential interdisciplinary studies programs have for fostering the development of skills required for success in the workplace and for good citizenship.


Keywords: Interdisciplinary studies, skill development, student learning outcomes.