Quality Interdisciplinary Education: Nurturing informed and creative
minds to engage complexity in today's world
by Veronica Boix Mansilla

21st - 22nd April, 2017, Hong Kong

Leading educational institutions around the world are increasingly incorporating interdisciplinary education in their mission statements. They recognize, that preparing our youth to engage the most complex issues shaping life on the planet requires that we teach them to think beyond disciplinary boundaries. Indeed it requires that we become able to integrate knowledge and modes of thinking from two or more disciplines to create products, explain phenomena, solve problems, and raise new questions in what that would have been unlikely through dingle disciplinary means. In their efforts to advance quality interdisciplinary education, practitioners ask: What constitutes quality interdisciplinary learning and what does it look like in students' work? How can it be taught and assessed well? How do teachers become better at teaching and collaborating across disciplines?
Workshop elements include:
  • Analysis of student work to discern what quality ID learning looks like, how it might be assessed and nurtured by multiple stakeholders.
  • In depth interactive examination of the nature of disciplinary learning.
  • Analysis of teaching videos illustrating best practices.
  • Introduction of a pedagogical framework to teach for interdisciplinary understanding: How to frame problems, set learning goals, integrate disciplines, design powerful learning experiences and assess learning outcomes.
  • Interactive explorations of teacher growth and implications for professional development.
  • Interactive examination of principles of good interdisciplinary collaboration.
Presenters Profile:
Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she directs the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Project. Drawing on cognitive psychology, epistemology and sociology of knowledge, her research examines the conditions that enable experts and young learners to produce quality interdisciplinary work and global competence addressing problems of contemporary significance. Veronica's group studies the challenges of evaluating interdisciplinary learning and research, programs and collaborations. Her team also studies the development of global competence among youth and teachers and the learning experiences and educational contexts that nurture it best. Working within a novice-expert psychological paradigm, she builds on an empirical understanding of the work of experts in exemplary institutions to develop practical tools to design and evaluate quality interdisciplinary education and learning.

Veronica is the founder of L@titud the Latin American Initiative for Understanding and Development and the Project Zero Forum for the Future of Education a HGSE seminar held from 2005 to 2008. She chairs the Future of Learning Institute at Harvard and has taught at the University of Buenos Aires and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Veronica is the author of Teaching for Interdisciplinary Understanding in the Middle Years Program (2010) Cardiff: International Baccalaureate Press. Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our youth to engage the world (2011) with Tony Jackson CCSSO press; and The Point of Integration: Pivotal reflections on quality contemporary interdisciplinarity (2015). Manuscript in preparation.

USD 750/- Closing date 1st April, 2017.


USD 650/- Early Bird offer 1st October 2016.

  English Schools Foundation
25 / F 1063 Kings Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.

Hotel Accommodation
Harbour Plaza North Point.
  8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Registration at 8.00 am on the 21st April 2017
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