Interdisciplinary collaboration is necessary for students’ professional preparation (Laird et al., 2014; Repko, 2014) and may promote effective learning transfer of course content. Such collaborations have resulted in enhanced problem-solving skills and conceptual understanding of statistics content (Dierker et al., 2012; Everett, 2016; Hammersley et al., 2019; Woodzicka et al., 2015). As a result of ongoing collaborations between faculty members in different disciplines and at different universities, we created a “Student Exchange Program” to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration between undergraduate students in mathematics and social sciences. In the current paper, we describe past research that informed the design of this program, the specific steps taken to implement the program, preliminary results, and potential challenges to implementing and maintaining such an initiative.
Poole, Bryan D.; Turner, Linden; and Maher-Boulis, Caroline
"Designing a Student Exchange Program: Facilitating Interdisciplinary, Mathematics-Focused Collaboration among College Students,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 16
, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol16/iss1/13