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Towards an Efficient Integration of English in an Interdisciplinary Context

By D. Pouw


The interdisciplinary approach has become popular in the world of education. It requires a lot of time and effort, though. It is therefore important that the interdisciplinary approach is implemented as efficiently as possible, to minimise pressure on teachers and bring out the full potential of interdisciplinary education. This literature study investigates what is needed to implement interdisciplinary education more efficiently and successfully in Dutch secondary education. It also zooms in on the subject of English. Several subject combinations including English are explored, revealing which subjects easily and effectively combine with English. Clever combinations of subjects might make interdisciplinary education even more effective. The study reveals that intensive communication between staff and educators, educators and educators, and educators and students is of vital importance. The study offers advice and recommendations to make communication in an interdisciplinary context more purposeful and effective. Also, teachers and students alike have to step away from the psychological barriers between subjects. Creating a metacurriculum could be helpful in this process. Interdisciplinary education requires a certain expertise, and a school needs to invest in training professionals to make teachers more confident and adept at teaching in an interdisciplinary way. English bears many links to other subjects. Yet, some subjects are easier to combine with English than others. The Humanities and the Arts appear to be the best candidates. The links between English and the Humanities and especially English and the Arts are further explored to gain a deeper understanding of why these combinations work so well

Topics: interdisciplinary education, English, interdisciplinary
Year: 2015
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