Silk Roots – A Design Template for Interdisciplinary Learning Projects (74327)

Session Information: Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Education
Session Chair: Ekaterine Bakaradze

Friday, 22 September 2023 14:55
Session: Session 3
Room: Nova Icaria
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Teachers have long understood how the compartmentalisation of knowledge into different subjects denies students the opportunity to holistically study complex, real-world systems. This approach limits the range of perspectives students construct about the world and their own learning, due to simplified inputs that lack richness and nuance. We identified design thinking as a suitable pathway to formulate an interdisciplinary project that would allow students to grapple with these complexities.

The city of Bangalore, India, has positioned itself as a hub for global technology but the foundations of the city in agriculture and traditional craft are invisible to most. However, silk manufacture, originating in the 1800s, remains a thriving industry. We felt that the proximity of the industry to our school and the lack of awareness regarding this rich cultural heritage made it an excellent space for student exploration.

This allowed us to design a template for interdisciplinary project-based learning that was then applied to this specific context. The principles of design thinking were used with the aim of collective sensemaking. The template for this project used design thinking not only in its formulation, but also seeks to inculcate design thinking in the participating students. We will be presenting this template that can be adapted to similar projects in local settings.

The aims of this paper are:
1. Exploring what makes a meaningful project
2. Applying design thinking to facilitate deep learning about the real world
3. Presenting the template for interdisciplinary project-based learning

Nivedh Jayanth, Mallya Aditi International School, India
Mary Rita Paul, Mallya Aditi International School, India

About the Presenter(s)
Mr Nivedh Jayanth is a School Teacher/Instructor at Mallya Aditi International School in India
Mary Rita Paul is the Head of the High School and teacher at Mallya Aditi International School

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00