Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Pedagogy

By Susan Martin Meggs and Annette G. Greer.

Published by The Design Collection

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A long-standing collaboration between interior design faculty and health sciences faculty at a university has allowed for innovation of course development by combining design principles and health in the study of end-of-life care. An honors seminar was designed using an interdisciplinary model. Instructors, students, and content were integrated on multidimensional levels. The course was co-taught by a team from the interior design and health disciplines. Interprofessional service learning became the framing pedagogy to augment clinical preparation of future health professionals. The innovative pedagogy was developed to engage honors students in community service learning through the vehicles of art and health. The course offered interdisciplinary didactic and experiential opportunities to explore the interrelatedness of content, form, and subject as a unifying aesthetic framework that focuses on end-of-life care. The interdisciplinary educational model took a humanistic approach to the artistic study of end-of-life care, incorporating the historical context of disease and illness as a subject matter and form in art. The successful integration of art and health allowed students to come to terms with the intangible experiences of the cycle of life, death and dying.

Keywords: Art and Design, Health, Interdisciplinary Education, End-of-Life Care

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.205-218. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.496MB).

Assoc. Prof. Susan Martin Meggs

Assistant Professor, Department of Interior Design, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

Complex intraprofessional pedagogy requires faculty who are engaged in a mutual process of discovery learning. A holistic and experiential model of instruction has been built on the foundation of a multi-faceted career focused on collaboration, community engagement and a commitment to arts-based education. Meggs is an artist/designer/educator who worked for fifteen years as an exhibits designer, was a free-lance illustrator for major publishers, and served as an educator and educational administrator at various institutions. Throughout her career, she has focused on developing community partnerships to enhance learning opportunities, particularly incorporating project-based, contextualized learning promoting social and personal responsibility. Currently she is an Assistant Professor, tenure-track, for East Carolina University’s department of Interior Design and a co-instructor for an interdisciplinary service-learning seminar course for the ECU Honors College. Her research is focused on pedagogical methodology to develop collaborative service-learning models for cross-disciplinary learning and community engagement in the application of design solutions for educational and healthcare facilities serving the rural region. A long-standing collaboration with the health sciences division of the university has broadened her research for the development of a pedagogy that enhances the delivery of services for healthcare through the vehicle of art.

Dr. Annette G. Greer

Co-Director, Office of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Education, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

Dr. Greer was awarded a PhD Doctoral Studies from East Carolina University in May, 2007. She combines the position of Co-Director in the Office of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Education with Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Public Health. In addition, Dr. Greer is the lead instructor for Interdisciplinary Rural Health Education. A recipient of numerous significant grants and awards, Dr. Greer has served as a keynote speaker for national conferences. Dr. Greer is considered an expert on qualitative research, distance learning, rural healthcare and agricultural medicine. Long an advocate for engagement and interdisciplinary pedagogy, her record of publications and presentations on the topic is extensive.


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