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The symbiotic academy: on specialisation and interdisciplinarity

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Abstract:

The authors historicise, contextualise and debate the values and problems of both disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity. Their aim is not to posit one as superior to the other, nor to suggest that the two are mutually exclusive. Instead, they seek to break down the oppositional dichotomy in which the concepts are often placed, and, further, to propose a 'symbiotic academy' in which the two can exist to their mutual benefit.

Keywords: ACADEMIA; DISCIPLINES; INTERDISCIPLINARITY; POSTDISCIPLINARITY; UNIVERSITY

Document Type: Review Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3184/003685012X13445364922174

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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