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To Boldly Go! Can Bright Students Realise Their Learning Potential at Universities?

AIC Partnership for World Graduates, Proceedings, RMIT Melbourne, 2007

11 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2009 Last revised: 12 Dec 2012

Sandra J. Welsman

Frontiers Insight: The Frontiers Institute

Date Written: November 28, 2007

Abstract

Under globalisation, industries, governments and communities face rising complexity and are demanding graduates with integrative capacity beyond the spheres of discipline expertise. In the context of academic debate on new modes of thinking, this paper discusses elements of ongoing inquiry into interdisciplinary research and education, with focus on students committing to the challenge of double-degrees.

Undergraduates studying Science and Law indicated a search for integration, with later year students more frustrated and questioning. There are social, economic and commercial arguments for lifting student thinking - while at university - to levels they know they must achieve. These super-integrators will boldly go into intellectual realms demanded by global issues and local impacts. Australia’s universities should provide more than a discipline platform. Universities should be their starships.

Keywords: discipline boundaries, double degrees, integration, law science

Suggested Citation

Welsman, Sandra J., To Boldly Go! Can Bright Students Realise Their Learning Potential at Universities? (November 28, 2007). AIC Partnership for World Graduates, Proceedings, RMIT Melbourne, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1388742

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