The Fourth Paradigm of Interdisciplinarity and Integrated Teaching

By Maria-Ana Tupan.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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The notion of “cultural relativism” refers to the constructed nature of scientific discourse at any time in history, which implies changes in the epistemological regimes of different phases that block collocation in explanatory narratives, and even among various theoretical schools that coexist under the same terms. The calls for papers in the field of what has come to be referred to as "the humanities" testify to the existence of an academic community cutting across geographic boundaries, consensual in its prescription of interdisciplinary approaches and types of argument (the topic, method, vocabularies and structure of papers are provided, or, better said, spelt out as normative academic protocols). The fourth paradigm, of interdisciplinarity, as defined by M.L. Commons and F. A. Richards is current in research, but less so in curricular programmes and practice. The paper suggests a hypertextual model for teaching in the higher education making use of digitalised media.

Keywords: Educational Reform in Curriculum and Instruction, Interdisciplinarity, Humanities, Hypertexts

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp.29-41. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 28, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 526.040KB)).

Dr . Prof. Habil. Maria-Ana Tupan

Professor, Doctoral School, Universitatea Alba Iulia, Bucharest, Romania