Thematic Strategies for Didactic Methods: University of Cincinnati Niehoff Urban Stuio

In response to the challenges of teaching an interdisciplinary course, several current pedagogical strategies can be helpful for faculty members: teaching collaboration skills (Communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution), draw projects based on examples of all involved disciplines, engage students in reflection exercises and others. The brief narrative that we have provided into team-taught interdisciplinary experiences at the “Niehoff Urban Studio”, illustrates how opportunities for discussing and reflecting on disciplinary differences arise in such studios and to what extent it could be understood and utilized to create an innovative and productive learning environment. Further evaluation and research into the student and faculty responses would be useful for future program development.

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Frank Russell and Mehri Mohebbi

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