New! Engineering and Liberal Arts Symposium at Union College
Union College will host the Eighth Symposium on engineering and liberal arts education on June 5 and 6th in Schenectedy, New York. For more information and to submit an abstract, visit
New! New posting from Ken Friedman in Academia.edu
Ken Friedman has posted updated versions of several papers on research, research skills, doctoral supervision, research writing, and publishing to his Academia page. Please visit
Ken Friedman, PhD, DSc (hc), FDRS | Editor-in-Chief | 设计 She Ji. The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation | Published by Elsevier in Cooperation with Tongji University Press | Launching in 2015
Chair Professor of Design Innovation Studies | College of Design and Innovation | Tongji University | Shanghai, China ||| University Distinguished Professor | Centre for Design Innovation | Swinburne University of Technology | Melbourne, Australia
Bridging the Silos: Curriculum Development as a Tool for Crossing Disciplines in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities
Higher education has long been departmental in nature (dating back to the 19th century), and becomes more restrictive as a student moves from “interesting” first-year seminars bridging a wide range of topics, through their major courses in a departmental area and finally into graduate school, where a single department awards their degree based on a usually narrow set of course requirements and a thesis or dissertation. However, in the 21st century, investigators are finding that there are often tools, information, resources and even points of view from other disciplines that can elucidate and even answer the problem they are studying. Graduate students who wish to take course in other departments are often told that those courses “don’t count” towards their degree, sending a negative message. New programs and centers are trying to bridge this gap, but most institutions do not offer “cross-disciplinary” courses in their standard curriculum. This study will look at the current state of cross-disciplinary curriculum in the arts, sciences and humanities and make recommendations for the future.
To read the full paper, please visit the link on the left.
K-12 / Higher Education / Professional Education / Informal Education / Museums
The SEAD network is interested in learning more about published studies in which math, science and engineering education is integrated with music, art, dance, theater, literature, poetry, creative writing and/or design education in either formal or informal settings, K-12 through professional schooling. We are particularly interested in studies that have formally evaluated educational outcomes resulting from the integration of SEAD subjects. These outcomes include, but are not limited to: skill and knowledge acquisition and transfer; problem finding; standardized test scores; classroom success; visual imaging, pattern recognition, empathizing and modeling ability; measures of creativity; etc.We would appreciate copies of any such studies, preferably as PDFs, but in whatever formats are available. The types of information we seek and the general format we are using for the collection of data are illustrated in this chart
To contribute, please email Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein: <[email protected]>
This website was created as a compilation of shared resources for a white paper for SEAD (the Network for Science, Engineering, Art and Design). Please visit their website at http://sead.viz.tamu.edu/index.html