During June I attended a STEM conference in Sydney. One of the presenters used this graphic (small picture at top left) to describe the range of ways that discipline-based sets knowledge and skills can be integrated.
It’s a good graphic and summarises the approaches that are taken. However, I think there may be a different approach which goes beyond the integration types shown. I also believe that you can exchange the word ‘STEM’ for Problem-Based Learning or Inquiry-Based Learning.
The new approach is what I will call Neodisciplinary (or Extradisciplinary if you are less of a rebel).
Neodisciplinary – definition: Where authentic, real world problems are addressed by using appropriate skills in combinations that, in a real-world sense, disregard the traditional silos of disciplines (effectively creating new categories of skills and knowledge networks).
I think it will catch on. If it does, remember where you saw it first!