External Interdisciplinary Techniques

As we all have discovered, combining multiple fields of study can form to create our own personal degree and career. The educational field is changing rapidly and students are coming to find out that there isn’t one certain way to reach their goals.

“Perhaps this movement away from strictly disciplinary study is the inevitable reaction to an educational system which tends to break up “found” patterns of knowledge as they exist in application in the “real world” outside the classroom.”

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This article talks about the City-as-School approach. This is a school in New York City that allows juniors and seniors from the local public schools to finish their high school career with external courses in what they want to do. The example they used in the article was that someone who wants a degree in physical education can observe with a dance company within the city for credit. What I took away from this was that it is basically an internship program for high school students, but they can get the high school credit for it.

“The development and accreditation of the school’s external learning experience is the nearly any external experience can have educational validity if properly monitored so that the experience can be placed within a meaningful context for student study and participation.”

As an interdisciplinary student, I think we all want that hands on experience in our fields of study that actually count for something. Time and time again, students put in effort to further themselves in their studies but credit isn’t given where it should be. Why shouldn’t I have access to the online book after the semester when I payed for it? Why does my pre-algebra class in college not count for credit because I am horrible at math and need a refresher? Why doesn’t this internship count for anything?

When I was in high school, our district had a Running Start Program. This was with the community colleges of New Hampshire and when you were in high

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school, there were certain classes that you could take that were considered a college course and you would only have to pay $100 for each course. For me, that is how I relate to this article. I didn’t necessarily get hands on experience like the kids in the article,  but I was still able to make strides towards college before I was even done with high school. Programs such as these are beyond beneficial for students looking to get ahead.

Source: Greenberg, Arthur. “City-as-School: An Approach to External Interdisciplinary Education.” The English Journal, vol. 65, no. 7, 1976, pp. 60–62. JSTOR, JSTOR,   www.jstor.org/stable/814344

One Reply to “External Interdisciplinary Techniques”

  1. Oh thank you for bringing this article and program to my attention, since this is so much what I am interested in! I love the high-impact practices that put students working in their fields as early as possible, and have been thinking about how we can do more of this earlier on in IDS for students who would like to learn this way. Thanks for sharing this!

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