Support is provided for a group of nine faculty to participate in a pilot program building 'integrative thinking' into Allegheny's present First and Second Year (FS) curriculum by teaching a number of team-taught and 'clustered' courses. The value of the program resides in the unique way a team of faculty, from separate academic disciplines or even divisions, direct multiple approaches to a theme or problem and so model integrative thinking in the classroom. The pilot, pushing faculty beyond familiar frames of reference and expertise, also seeks to stimulate pedagogical innovation through the shared insights and collegiality of team-teaching. The pilot will provide faculty the opportunity to engage the current emphasis in higher education on multidisciplinary inquiry that is considered crucial for energizing students and preparing nimble thinkers to manage the complexities of human experience in a multicultural and increasingly interdependent world.
New Directions Initiative
Philosophy, Religious Studies, English, Geology, History, Dance, Environmental Science, Psychology