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Interdisciplinary Talent Development: A Case Study of VCU da Vinci Center for Product Innovation

LEI Qing, YANG Xiaoli   

  1. Institute of Higher Education, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100083, China
  • Received:2017-11-03 Online:2019-05-25 Published:2019-06-03


With the emergence of a series of social problems and rapid development of the world's science and technology revolution, interdisciplinary education has become an important way to develop talents in a complex social context. Based on the understanding of the core and boundary of interdisciplinarity,the connotation of interdisciplinary education is to cultivate students' interdisciplinary synthesis ability through the integration of disciplines and the reform of the corresponding education system. The VCU da Vinci Center for Product Innovation interprets the connotation of the interdisciplinary education through a clear system of object-evaluation, interdisciplinary adaptation curriculum and interdisciplinary living-learning condition. Inspired from the above-mentioned experience, the interdisciplinary talents cultivation in China should optimize the conceptual design of interdisciplinary education, establish specialized interdisciplinary organizations, develop a reasonable interdisciplinary curriculum and create an interdisciplinary living-learning atmosphere.

Key words: interdisciplinary education, interdisciplinary curriculum, mutual selection mechanism of disciplinary cluster, integrative interdisciplinarity experience, da vinci center for product innovation

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