Introduction: Configurations of interdisciplinarity across the educational system

Marie Larsen Ryberg, Trine Øland, Katrine Lindvig, Sofie Sauzet

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In Denmark, the idea of interdisciplinarity has recently re-emerged on the agenda across the entire educational system. While this emergence echoes a global tendency, we argue in this book that the processes and practices of interdisciplinarity in education are not necessarily uniform or consistent, nor are the kinds of disciplining they yield. In this introduction, we argue for approaching interdisciplinarity as multiple, complex and global configurations, rather than as a straightforward prospect for change or through abstract models for implementation. This introduction creates the grounds for the studies in this book of the different configurations of interdisciplinarity in different educational sectors in Denmark, carving out the approach to interdisciplinarity as configurations, and substantiating the specific context of these configurations in the Danish welfare state development and history of education. It provides insights into the intertwinement of interdisciplinarity with Danish welfare development, showing the quest to solve social problems and shape responsible individuals through applied social scientific knowledge. And it elucidates the changing agendas associated with interdisciplinarity in education; from its emergence with progressive movements in the 1920s to its association today with ideals of innovation and systems of performance measurement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConfigurations of Interdisciplinarity Within Education : Danish Experiences in a Global Educational Space
Number of pages21
Place of PublicationOxon
Publication date1 Jan 2022
ISBN (Print)9780367537616
ISBN (Electronic)9781000640151
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022
SeriesRoutledge Research in International and Comparative Education


  • educational science


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