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Definitions for interdisciplinary
ˌɪn tərˈdɪs ə pləˌnɛr iin·ter·dis·ci·pli·na·ry

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  1. interdisciplinaryadjective

    drawing from or characterized by participation of two or more fields of study

    "interdisciplinary studies"; "an interdisciplinary conference"


  1. interdisciplinaryadjective

    Of or pertaining to multiple distinct academic disciplines or fields of study.

    This journal is interdisciplinary: it has articles on everything from biology to electrical engineering.

  2. interdisciplinaryadjective

    Of something linking multiple distinct academic disciplines or fields of study together.

    The interdisciplinary co-operation at this university is very impressive.


  1. interdisciplinary

    Interdisciplinarity or interdisciplinary studies involves the combination of multiple academic disciplines into one activity (e.g., a research project). It draws knowledge from several other fields like sociology, anthropology, psychology, economics, etc. It is about creating something by thinking across boundaries. It is related to an interdiscipline or an interdisciplinary field, which is an organizational unit that crosses traditional boundaries between academic disciplines or schools of thought, as new needs and professions emerge. Large engineering teams are usually interdisciplinary, as a power station or mobile phone or other project requires the melding of several specialties. However, the term "interdisciplinary" is sometimes confined to academic settings. The term interdisciplinary is applied within education and training pedagogies to describe studies that use methods and insights of several established disciplines or traditional fields of study. Interdisciplinarity involves researchers, students, and teachers in the goals of connecting and integrating several academic schools of thought, professions, or technologies—along with their specific perspectives—in the pursuit of a common task. The epidemiology of HIV/AIDS or global warming requires understanding of diverse disciplines to solve complex problems. Interdisciplinary may be applied where the subject is felt to have been neglected or even misrepresented in the traditional disciplinary structure of research institutions, for example, women's studies or ethnic area studies. Interdisciplinarity can likewise be applied to complex subjects that can only be understood by combining the perspectives of two or more fields. The adjective interdisciplinary is most often used in educational circles when researchers from two or more disciplines pool their approaches and modify them so that they are better suited to the problem at hand, including the case of the team-taught course where students are required to understand a given subject in terms of multiple traditional disciplines. For example, the subject of land use may appear differently when examined by different disciplines, for instance, biology, chemistry, economics, geography, and politics.


  1. interdisciplinary

    Interdisciplinary refers to the combining of two or more academic, scientific, or artistic fields of study or disciplines in an integrated manner with the aim of fostering new understanding, knowledge, or solutions. It involves exploring topics, ideas, or issues from multiple perspectives derived from different disciplines to get a holistic understanding. This approach encourages collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and innovation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of interdisciplinary in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of interdisciplinary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of interdisciplinary in a Sentence

  1. Leonard Bernstein:

    It was an initiation into the love of learning, of learning how to learn, that was revealed to me by my BLS masters as a matter of interdisciplinary cognition-that is, learning to know something by its relation to something else.

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