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Interdisciplinarity is an approach that aims to integrate different areas of knowledge and their concepts. Thus, it avoids fragmentation of content and allows students to have a broader understanding of the subjects studied.
Some people confuse it with multidisciplinarity, which refers to the association of different areas, but does not promote complete integration. That is, although they address the same issues, each one presents its point of view making this division clear.
During the period of social isolation, investing in interdisciplinarity can bring several benefits to students and optimize distance learning. Next, find out the main ones and see some tips on how to work on this concept during quarantine.
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What are the main benefits of interdisciplinarity?
As we explained, interdisciplinarity promotes the integration of areas of knowledge. Thus, the themes are addressed in different disciplines, each bringing particular aspects, expanding the global understanding. Consequently, students have a deeper mastery of the topic.
Once the contents are explored in various contexts, students are encouraged to use what they have learned in other classes, applying important concepts, which helps in their assimilation.
In addition, educators can associate the subjects studied with real situations. Thus, they provide solid training, encourage critical thinking, prepare students for life outside school, and arouse their interest, which makes them engage in the learning process and take an active stance.
Interdisciplinarity also contributes to the development of socio-emotional skills, such as autonomy, creativity, proactivity and collaboration, which are extremely important throughout life in any context.
How to work it during isolation?
Now that you know some of the advantages of interdisciplinarity, here are some tips on how to adopt it in projects developed during social isolation.
Make accurate planning
The first step in implementing any teaching approach is to plan well. Talk to other educators who teach classes that will participate to identify content that can be approached through interdisciplinary bias and discuss ways to put this concept into practice.
At this point, it is also important to ensure that everyone is motivated, open to change and willing to participate in the interdisciplinary project, as it requires joint effort and flexibility.
Teachers need to talk a lot in all phases of the project and consider activities carried out in other subjects when preparing their teaching plans.
After deciding which themes will be addressed, define how each discipline will contribute to this initiative and build the interdisciplinary project together, ensuring that the proposed activities are complementary.
Choose the right resources
The fact that the activities are carried out virtually can be challenging for educators who are not used to it. However, you can see this as an opportunity to streamline the teaching-learning process and to explore varied educational resources to increase student engagement.
For the project to reach its objectives and motivate students, it is important to choose tools that are relevant to the theme and that are in accordance with their interests. It is possible, for example, to invest in gamification, encourage students to produce audiovisual or textual content for websites, blogs or other media and promote campaigns on social networks.
Since interdisciplinary projects involve several disciplines, it is essential that the teaching plan is flexible, allowing changes if necessary to ensure that students understand the content covered in each class. These changes can involve both the order of the issues and the way of addressing them.
To make this possible, remember to maintain an open dialogue with all educators participating in the project and ensure that the proposed activities are aligned and organized in order to facilitate students’ understanding.
Invest in playful activities
In addition to attracting students’ interest very easily, playful activities, such as educational games, are great tools to stimulate the development of socio-emotional skills and interaction between students.
They also tend to be very conducive to interdisciplinarity, since, in their nature, they tend to associate knowledge from different areas.
In this difficult time, including games and proposing the production and sharing of videos, for example, can help not only streamline the teaching-learning process, but also maintain the connection between children and adolescents despite the distance and allow they learn the important content in a light and fun way.
Focus on teaching materials that follow this concept
Using materials produced based on this concept greatly facilitates the work of educators, especially if they do not yet have much experience with interdisciplinary projects.
After all, instead of building the interdisciplinary project from scratch, teachers have a starting point that optimizes their work. They can apply the proposed activities or concentrate on adapting them to the reality of their students and to the digital medium, if they have been designed for this format.
How can Eleva Plataforma de Ensino help to promote it?
The Eleva Teaching Platform is an innovative educational tool. It offers up-to-date teaching material that promotes interdisciplinarity and the interrelation of the contents covered with everyday life.
In addition, educators can count on specific resources that facilitate communication between them – which is essential in all stages of the interdisciplinary project -, help to plan good classes and allow to closely monitor the performance and involvement of students.
Both teachers and students have at their disposal adequate tools to put an interdisciplinary project into practice and ensure its smooth progress. In this way, everyone involved can actively contribute and the results of the activities are optimized.
As you have seen, by promoting interdisciplinarity during social isolation, it is possible to obtain several benefits, guaranteeing quality education and optimizing the results of activities carried out at a distance. We hope our tips have been helpful to you.
Now that you know the main benefits of carrying out an interdisciplinary project and know some tips on how to do this, contact us to learn more about Eleva Educação solutions and find out what we can do for you!