• Interdisciplinary boundary experiences: Learning through conversations

Ferrarello, Laura and Dormor, Catherine, 2021, Book Section, Interdisciplinary boundary experiences: Learning through conversations In: Bohemia, Erik, Nielsen, Liv Merete, Pan, Lusheng, Börekçi, Naz A.G.Z and Zhang, Yang, (eds.) Proceedings of the DRS Learn X Design 2021: 6th International Conference for Design Education Researchers. DRS, Jinan, China, pp. 540-552. ISBN 978-1-912294-44-2

Abstract or Description:

The complexity of many social systems and organisations together with the challenges the world is facing in terms of climate and health demands imagining new ideas and approaches. Interdisci-plinary collaboration offers good examples of strategies and practices better able to cope with this complexity, but they are reliant upon the dynamics within collaborations and good integra-tion of perspectives. This paper considers an example of interdisciplinary collaboration aimed at growing mindsets capable of dialoguing with other disciplines through the boundary learning. Based within the Royal College of Art Master in Research, we stimulated a learning experience that leveraged the cyclical dynamics of multi-disciplinary conversations towards an integrated space for knowledge production. This has been assessed through the students’ response to a collaborative project, in which cross-discipline groups developed activities for public engage-ment through collective research practices. This paper specifically focuses upon the role of con-versation in interdisciplinarity as a learning method that harnesses different kinds of knowledge at the boundaries of their discipline and thus facilitates interdisciplinary integration of different disciplines.

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Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: Research & Innovation
School of Design
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.21606/drs_lxd2021.06.168
Uncontrolled Keywords: collaboration; boundary objects; conversation theory; integration; reflection
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2021 13:19
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2022 14:28
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4884
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