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PART 1:

90 points total (15 points each)

Each answer should be 1-2 paragraphs long.

1) What is the difference between creative intelligence and analytical intelligence? Why are both types of intelligence important for interdisciplinary thinking?

2) A degree in interdisciplinary studies fosters all of the following EXCEPT (check one):

______ Integrative thinking

______Systems thinking

______Contextual thinking

______Silo perspective

After you make your selection, write at least 1 paragraph justifying your choice.

3) What factors in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries contributed to the rise of the modern disciplines?

4) Why is perspective taking a key part of interdisciplinary work?

5) Identify one of the values or traits that are important in interdisciplinary studies. After identifying the value or trait, explain why it is necessary for successfully engaging in interdisciplinary work.

6) Identify the key epistemic position, or “stance,” of interdisciplinary studies. How does this epistemic position differ from others introduced in the textbook?

PART 2:

60 points total (6 points each)

These answers do not necessarily need to be in complete sentence:

1) Identify 2 perceived problems that inspired the movement to reform general education in universities after World War I.

2) Identify one key political factor influencing the general education reform movement after World War II.

3) Identify one social or political factor that led to the critique of the disciplines and to radical university reforms in the 1960s and 1970s.

4) Identify 2 examples of new fields that were created during the radical university reforms of the 1960s and 1970s.

5) Identify 2 interdisciplinary criticisms of disciplinary specialization.

6) True of false: Disciplines can be understood as epistemic communities, social communities, and organizational units within the university system.

7) True or false: The disciplines are foundational to interdisciplinarity.

8) All of the following are core concepts in the field of interdisciplinary studies EXCEPT (choose one):

______ Common ground

______ Integration

______ Mastery

______ Complexity

______ Perspective-Taking

9) Identify 3 defining elements of a discipline (a.k.a. a disciplinary perspective).

10) True or false: Interrogating a disciplinary perspective means looking for ways of proving that it is wrong.

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