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Cross-Disciplinary Learning

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Cross-disciplinary learning refers to learning activities that are related with a subject outside the scope of a discipline without any integration from other disciplines. The study of genetics, for example, crosses several disciplines, including biology, chemistry (e.g., the molecular structure of DNA), and environmental science (e.g., conservation genetics). Additionally, facets of genetics also overlap with mathematics, social studies, and health studies. Cross-disciplinarity means that topics are studied by applying methodologies of unrelated disciplines.

Cross-disciplinarity differs from interdisciplinarity: In the case of cross-disciplinarity, the boundaries of disciplines are crossed but no techniques or ideals, while interdisciplinarity blends the practices and assumptions of each discipline involved.

While cross-disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity are different, multidisciplinarity is closely related with cross-disciplinarity. In multidisciplinarity also, there is no...

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(2012). Cross-Disciplinary Learning. In: Seel, N.M. (eds) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Springer, Boston, MA.

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