To Boldly Go! Can Bright Students Realise Their Learning Potential at Universities?
Sandra J. Welsman
Frontiers Insight: The Frontiers Institute
November 28, 2007
AIC Partnership for World Graduates, Proceedings, RMIT Melbourne, 2007
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11
Keywords: discipline boundaries, double degrees, integration, law science
Date posted: April 17, 2009 ; Last revised: December 12, 2012