Interprofessional and interdisciplinary learning: an exploration of similarities and differences

Steve Smith, Lynn D. Clouder

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    Abstract

    This chapter begins by considering the words used to discuss collaborative education. Although it can be argued that “practice” separates “a profession” from “a discipline”, the merit in separating theory from practice is highly questionable. The literature suggests that the challenges to interprofessional and interdisciplinary learning are very similar, for example, the “silo” mentality causes problems within both. In addition, it is evident that the reasons behind advocacy of interprofessional and interdisciplinary learning are also similar. The chapter demonstrates that successful interprofessional and interdisciplinary learning requires fundamental changes to both the curriculum and the organisation delivering it. The authors conclude that while subtle differences might exist between interprofessional and interdisciplinary learning their promotion is based on a similar rationale, which is to ensure that students are prepared for the real world in which collaboration, boundary crossing, adopting multiple perspectives and working with others to achieve optimal outcomes, is paramount.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInterprofessional E-Learning and Collaborative Work: Practices and Technologies
    EditorsAdrian Bromage, Lynn Clouder, Jill Thistlethwaite, Frances Gordon
    Place of PublicationPennsylvania
    PublisherIGI Global
    Pages1-13
    ISBN (Print)9781615208890, 9781615208906
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Bibliographical note

    This chapter appears in "Interprofessional E-Learning and Collaborative Work: Practices and Technologies" edited by . Adrian Bromage, Lynn Clouder, Jill Thistlethwaite and Frances Gordon. Copyright 2010, IGI Global, www.igi-global.com. Posted by permission of the publisher.

    Keywords

    • collaborative education
    • interprofessional learning
    • interdisciplinary learning

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    Smith, S., & Clouder, L. D. (2010). Interprofessional and interdisciplinary learning: an exploration of similarities and differences. In A. Bromage, L. Clouder, J. Thistlethwaite, & F. Gordon (Eds.), Interprofessional E-Learning and Collaborative Work: Practices and Technologies (pp. 1-13). Pennsylvania: IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-61520-889-0.ch001