When scholars collaborate across disciplines, what shapes their perceptions of that experience? Drawing from their recent research on a range of interdisciplinary networks, Lamont, Boix-Mansilla and Sato find that cognitive and intellectual payoffs tell only part of the story. Emotional and social dimensions to collaboration intertwine with the cognitive in complex ways, while the research environment established by funders creates a frame within which participants experience a sense of achievement across disciplinary divides.
Veronica Boix Mansilla
Veronica Boix Mansilla is a principal investigator and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she chairs the Future of Learning Institute. With a background in cognitive psychology and human development, she brings together epistemology, cognitive science, social psychology and education to understand the nature of interdisciplinary learning, research, and collaborations and their role in preparing individuals to address complex contemporary problems. Her most recent work examines the role of these investigations in the construction of global consciousness and globally oriented educational institutions. She is the author of several articles and books on disciplinary, interdisciplinary and global research and education including “Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World .”