What are DP reading groups?
In term 2, disciplinary perspective (DP) reading groups were incorporated into the curriculum. Apart from encouraging our students to read a wide-ranging selection of books, the aim of reading groups is to get them thinking about what different authors’ perspectives might be able to contribute to their learning on a particular problem statement.
The reading groups also help students summarise and share ideas from material that they’ve read, fostering a culture of collaboration, interconnectedness and co-creation that is at the heart of interdisciplinary learning.
How do DP reading groups work?
Throughout Term 2, students had the possibility of studying two out of four different disciplinary perspectives: Ecology or Theology, and Chemistry or Mathematics.
Based on their Disciplinary Perspectives, students were assigned a specific book out of four options connected to the problem statement of Circular Economy.
They were encouraged to organise their own reading group sessions with people who had read the same book as them and to then connect with students who had read different books within the same disciplinary perspective, meaning that everyone in this group would have read one of four books from the same discipline, but on different topics.
Finally, they formed groups made up of readers from across disciplines to share learnings and explore how they might combine or apply them to Circular Economy.
Check out the disciplinary perspective reading list our students had as part of Problems 1b:
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