National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Fall/Winter 2014, Volume 15, Number 2.


Copyright © 2014 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


Interdisciplinarity is a well-established educational approach that speaks directly to our understanding of what knowledge is and, more specifically, what practical knowledge is. Despite its long history, the concept of interdisciplinarity continues to raise essential questions: whether knowledge is anchored in particular fields of investigation separate in nature or can be found in a breaching of disciplines, across fields of investigation; how we might attain such cross-reference; and whether it is even possible to achieve a synthetic, interdisciplinary understanding or if knowledge is invariably anchored in separate disciplines occasionally informing each other. The term has not just epistemological value but practical interest for educational systems that aim to achieve educational value through interdisciplinary studies.