Teachers' and principals' views of interdisciplinary learning

Etan Cohen, Gad Marcus, Uri Gavish, Oren Yehi-Shalom, Nurit Novis-Deutsch, Hanan Alexander

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Little is known about how teachers and principals view interdisciplinarity at the K-12 level. In recent years, we have been working with Israel's Ministry of Education and ten secondary schools to develop and enact interdisciplinary curricula in the humanities. During this partnership, we conducted a series of twenty-four interviews with teachers and principals, to glean their views of interdisciplinarity. We found that they understood interdisciplinarity as a broad reform with the potential to impact school life in myriad ways. Moreover, their views on the definitions, potential benefits, and ways to enact interdisciplinarity at the K-12 level extended beyond a cognitive lens, to include sociocultural and critical interpretations as well. Ultimately, we believe that teachers and principals are uniquely situated, and that their points of view could contribute to a grounded theory of interdisciplinarity at the K-12 level, which is currently lacking.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Collaboration toward Educational Innovation for All
Subtitle of host publicationOverarching Research, Development, and Practices - 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2022
EditorsClark Chinn, Edna Tan, Carol Chan, Yael Kali
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781737330653
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2022 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: 6 Jun 202210 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
ISSN (Print)1814-9316


Conference16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2022
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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