An ArtSciLab paper has been accepted for XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology
(July 13-19, 2014) to be held in Yokohama, Japan.
 
BRIDGING THE SILOS: CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AS A TOOL FOR CROSSING
DISCIPLINES IN THE ARTS, SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES
Kathryn Evans* and Roger Malina**, University of Texas at Dallas,
School of Arts and Humanities, USA
*Senior Lecturer and Head, Vocal and Choral Music, UT Dallas
**Professor and Associate Director, Arts and Technology (ATEC), UT Dallas
ABSTRACT
Investigators in the 21st century are finding that there are often tools, information, resources and even points of view from other disciplines that can elucidate and even answer the problem they are studying. However, higher education becomes more restrictive as a student moves from general education courses, through their major courses as an undergraduate and finally into graduate school, where a single department awards their degree based on a usually narrow set of course requirements and a thesis or dissertation. Little is known about the kinds of cross-disciplinary courses that are currently being offered, the mechanisms that were employed to offer them or their pedagogical effectiveness. A first and necessary step is to research current cross-disciplinary offerings in higher education on an international basis in order to understand the modes of development of such curricula.
We present here a study that analyzes a compendium of arts-science-humanities cross-disciplinary courses that was created through several Calls for Contributions from 2009 to 2013. A web site was created and submissions were posted here . Permissions and updates were
received for over 100 courses, along with additional material. The data from the courses was analyzed as to the nature of the cross-disciplines, level of offering (graduate vs. undergraduate),
geographical location, level of collaboration (number of instructors), and the department(s) offering the course. A comprehensive re-visioning of curricular structure to encourage collaborative and cooperative teaching of integrative courses and programs is needed.
Suggested actions include specific ideas to enhance networking and visibility, asset mapping, sharing of syllabi and course materials, and a research effort to demonstrate the effectiveness of cross-disciplinary art-science-humanities courses.
This preliminary study points the way towards further efforts in curricular design and research that will be required for cross-disciplinary arts-science-humanities courses to be integrated into the college curriculum.
This project was initiated for a white paper for SEAD (the Network for Science, Engineering, Art and Design) and developed in collaboration with the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF). This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.1142510.
We are pleased to let you know that your paper “Bridging the Silos: Curriculum Development As a Tool for Crossing Disciplines in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities,” (37461) has been accepted for the Research Committees “Fostering Trans-Disciplinarity Amongst the Social and Natural Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design” (3573) at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology (July 13-19, 2014) to be held in Yokohama, Japan.