Here's How – Horizontal Alignment
Interdisciplinary work often draws from a real world context. The ability to solve real problems is rarely restricted to knowledge from one subject area. For example,
- Bridge building involves mathematics, engineering, materials science and aesthetics.
- A theatre performance requires an understanding and appreciation of the text, artistic expression, logistical and marketing principals.
On a smaller scale and within a classroom setting, interdisciplinary work might look like this:
- A high school welding lesson incorporates specific geometry concepts, referred to in math class later that day.
- An English lesson focused on a particular Shakespearean play incorporates elements of history, history of art, political science, economics, etc.
Drawing on multiple forms of expertise provides students with a clearer vision of the relationship between subject knowledge and the world around them.