Profiling interdisciplinarity in higher education: an ecological approach

Filipa M Ribeiro, João Bettencourt Relvas


The purposes of this paper are to describe a major program of research on interdisciplinarity: the “profiling project”, based on an ecological or interactionist approach to interdisciplinarity and to outline several important implications of this research for theory and practice. The explicit focus of this program of research is on the continued development and application of an operational approach to interdisciplinarity. We will offer a working definition of profiling, describe several major questions currently prone to be investigated, and suggest possible implications of this program of research for theory and practice.

Key words: interdisciplinarity, higher education, profiling, ecological approach.

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