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Abstract Title: Communicating across Paradigms: Boundary-Crossing in an Interdisciplinary World
Abstract: Interdisciplinary knowledge is becoming increasingly important in a world where scientists, politicians, and the general public are expected to make informed and reasoned decisions about unpredictable phenomena ranging from global climate change to economic bubbles. The ability to reason about complex and non-intuitive systems is a fundamental objective of higher education learning, and necessary for the development of scientific literacy. We argue that interdisciplinary communication is a necessary prerequisite for the effective communication of scientific principles to non-scientists. While evident in traditional sciences, communication between disciplines is less common in the learning and cognitive science domains. We present: 1) an analysis of boundary crossing as represented in disciplinary science education, science education, and cognitive science journals; 2) a discussion of limitations to communication imposed by traditional venues; and 3) solutions offered by familiar technologies and trends in online publication.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Julie Libarkin
Michigan State University
206 Natural Sciences
Dept. of Geological Sciences & Division of Science and Math Educ.
East Lansing, MI 48864
Phone: 517-355-8369
and Co-Presenter(s)
A. Asghar, Johns Hopkins University; anila.asghar -at- jhu.edu
S.K. Clark, Michigan State University; skclark -at- msu.edu
J.T. Elkins, University of Northern Colorado; Joe.Elkins -at- unco.edu
A.J. Stokes, University of Plymouth; alison.stokes -at- plymouth.ac.uk