Crossing the Disciplinary Boundary: Pedagogical Conjunctions in the Humanities and the Sciences

By Kenneth Campbell, Jungah Kim and Neal Bruss.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society, Social Sciences Collection

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Despite compelling evidence of communications between the humanities and the sciences, the division of academia into humanities and sciences has been the basis for debate. Recent surveys of interdisciplinary research have revealed a lack of cross-disciplinary projects to bridge the gap between the humanities and the sciences while there have been an increasing number of interdisciplinary studies among the sciences themselves. If the question of social and political credibility and ongoing viability of science is closely interlinked with a constant investigation of the humanities, it is important to address and investigate disciplinary and interdisciplinary challenges in the humanities and the sciences, especially their pedagogical relationship to society. With cogent discussions about the value, meaning, and importance of science to human ideas and actions, our aim is to develop and implement interdisciplinary communications across the disciplinary boundaries. Taking up political agendas, social values, and ethical stances of science, we will investigate how we, as educators both in the humanities and the sciences, create pedagogical values as our organizing frameworks and illustrate the importance of cross-disciplinary communications.

Keywords: Trans-Disciplinary, Pedagogy, Communications

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 8, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.1-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 941.752KB).

Dr. Kenneth Campbell

Professor, Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Boston, Massachussetts, USA

Dr. Jungah Kim

Assistant Professor, English, City University of New York, New York, New York, USA

Dr. Neal Bruss

Associate Professor, English, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Boston, Massachussetts, USA