This blog post flags up a shift in emphasis on interdisciplinary learning this session. It is an extract from a post made by Yvonne McBlain in the Falkirk SSI Team blog – whole post available by clicking here. It may be useful to consider how these developments can run alongside our recovery planning.
A link in the Scotland Learns document alerts us to a 2020-21 re-focus on Interdisciplinary Learning (click to visit this page) which was partially inspired by “Pillars, Lintels and Foundations; a conference paper”. This paper used a metaphor for IDL, seeing it as the lintel which rested upon the pillars of disciplinary learning and the foundations of “routine competences, aptitudes, knowledge, skills and methods in and across subjects, including basic literacy and numeracy” (click here to view the whole paper). The concluding paragraph which provides the rational for this re-focus is shared below:
The majority of learners would appear to progress through most or all of their education
without actively engaging in IDL, yet most jobs, even at graduate level, seldom require a
background or qualification in any particular discipline. The transferable and higher-order skills that learners acquire throughout their education may be of more lasting importance. A systemic response to this challenge is required since the jobs of the 21st century will be
increasingly project-driven rather than discipline-driven and will require the collaborative
engagement of generalists and specialists. Understanding a complex and rapidly changing
world requires a wide range of knowledge and an interdisciplinary perspective. It is, therefore, a responsibility of educators to try to ensure that learners become adept in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning.
We are advised that this session Education Scotland will be developing the following IDL opportunities:
- Thriving in challenging circumstances with reference to current issues of COVID-19
- Creative Bravery with an opportunity to join the Creative Bravery Festival which will run from 21-27 September, 2020;
- Scotland’s Culture with a focus on creativity and the arts;
- Sustainability with a focus on Learning for sustainability.
Webinars and resources are being planned to support the IDL opportunities above.
If and when appropriate to you and your establishment, Yvonne McBlain, education support officer with Falkirk Children’s Services would be happy to support senior leaders and practitioners interested in engaging with these developments. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are ready to explore how these can inform and support your ongoing curriculum planning and design.
Yvonne and Jane Jackson, outdoor learning support officer, have already looked at interdisciplinary learning within the Learning for Sustainability focus – find out more by viewing our Sway here.