Three Challenges for New Students Facing Problem-Based and Interdisciplinary Learning

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This chapter explores three distinct challenges new students face when entering a PBL and interdisciplinary university education. The first challenge concerns how students handle the uncertainties and epistemological conflicts that are embedded in their work towards defining interdisciplinary problems as part of their problem-based projects. The second challenge pertains to the fact that supervisors are often themselves educated in a mono-disciplinary context and are equally uncertain about interdisciplinary problems, as they cannot predict or point towards relevant knowledge until the problem is encapsulated and defined. Thus, students need to come to terms with the role of the supervisor as radically different to that of a classroom teacher who is expected to have the correct answer. The final challenge arises from the students’ needs to develop competencies for communication and collaboration at the intersection of disciplines. Being successful in these competencies require dialogue, creativity and feedback among group members in order for the group to maintain and profit from the reflective processes that are necessary to handle participatory and interdisciplinary learning processes. The final part of the chapter discusses these challenges and identifies students’ comprehension of the theory of science and scientific methods, as well as their understanding of reflective practices as the key to successful interdisciplinary PBL for new students in higher education.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelInterdisciplinarity and Problem-Based Learning in Higher Education : Research and Perspectives from Aalborg University
RedaktørerAnnie Aarup Jensen, Diana Stentoft, Ole Ravn
Antal sider12
Udgivelses stedCham
ForlagSpringer Publishing Company
Publikationsdato2019
Sider49-60
Kapitel5
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-030-18842-9
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2019
NavnInnovation and Change in Professional Education
Vol/bind18
ISSN1572-1957

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Stentoft, D. (2019). Three Challenges for New Students Facing Problem-Based and Interdisciplinary Learning. I A. A. Jensen, D. Stentoft, & O. Ravn (red.), Interdisciplinarity and Problem-Based Learning in Higher Education: Research and Perspectives from Aalborg University (s. 49-60). Cham: Springer Publishing Company. Innovation and Change in Professional Education, Bind. 18 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-18842-9_5
Stentoft, Diana. / Three Challenges for New Students Facing Problem-Based and Interdisciplinary Learning. Interdisciplinarity and Problem-Based Learning in Higher Education: Research and Perspectives from Aalborg University. red. / Annie Aarup Jensen ; Diana Stentoft ; Ole Ravn. Cham : Springer Publishing Company, 2019. s. 49-60 (Innovation and Change in Professional Education, Bind 18).
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Stentoft, D 2019, Three Challenges for New Students Facing Problem-Based and Interdisciplinary Learning. i AA Jensen, D Stentoft & O Ravn (red), Interdisciplinarity and Problem-Based Learning in Higher Education: Research and Perspectives from Aalborg University. Springer Publishing Company, Cham, Innovation and Change in Professional Education, bind 18, s. 49-60. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-18842-9_5

Three Challenges for New Students Facing Problem-Based and Interdisciplinary Learning. / Stentoft, Diana.

Interdisciplinarity and Problem-Based Learning in Higher Education: Research and Perspectives from Aalborg University. red. / Annie Aarup Jensen; Diana Stentoft; Ole Ravn. Cham : Springer Publishing Company, 2019. s. 49-60 (Innovation and Change in Professional Education, Bind 18).

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