Interdisciplinarity and Problem-Based Learning in Higher Education

Research and Perspectives from Aalborg University

  • Annie Aarup Jensen
  • Diana Stentoft
  • Ole Ravn

Part of the Innovation and Change in Professional Education book series (ICPE, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Conceptualising Interdisciplinarity in Problem-Based Learning

  3. Practising Interdisciplinarity in Problem-Based Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Alice Juel Jacobsen, Tom Børsen
      Pages 117-132
    3. Anette Lykke Hindhede, Marie Martinussen, Karin Højbjerg
      Pages 133-147
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 165-168

About this book


This book addresses the relation between Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and interdisciplinarity and challenges the often implicit assumption that PBL leads to interdisciplinarity by default. The book examines theoretical and philosophical aspects of PBL and interdisciplinary learning. The first part of the book conceptualises the notions of problem-based learning and interdisciplinary learning, and highlights some key overlaps and ways of conceiving of their interrelatedness. It discusses the role of problem-based medical education in relation to interdisciplinary professionalism in medical education. Taking the reader into the realm of techno-anthropology, the book discusses the role of problems and projects in transgressing disciplines, and presents an analysis of three challenges facing new students when entering interdisciplinary and problem-based higher education. The second part of the book focuses on practicing interdisciplinarity in problem-based higher education. It explores how the construction of problems in interdisciplinary PBL projects can be seen from the perspectives of multicultural groups, and examines group processes in interdisciplinary PBL projects.  It concludes by taking a closer look at student practices in interdisciplinary PBL, and at how students are positioned and position themselves in the complex transdisciplinary PBL project.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Annie Aarup Jensen
    • 1
  • Diana Stentoft
    • 2
  • Ole Ravn
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Learning and PhilosophyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Centre for Health Science Education and PBLAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Learning and PhilosophyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-18841-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-18842-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-1957
  • Series Online ISSN 2542-9957
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