April 5, 2022

Term 2: Reading Groups

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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:


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants – Robin Wall Kimmerer

Cultures of Habitat: On Nature, Culture and Story – Gary Paul Nabhan  

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures – Merlin Sheldrake  

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World – Tyson Yunkaporta  


God: A Human History of Religion – Reza Aslan  

Is It Too Late?  A Theology of Ecology – John B. Cobb  

Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man – Seyyed Hossein Nasr  

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard


Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things – Michael Braungart & William McDonough

Material Value: More Sustainable, Less Wasteful Manufacturing – Julia L. F. Goldstein

No More Rubbish Excuses! – Martin Dorey

The Plastics Paradox- Chris Dearmitt


Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software – Steven Johnson

Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else – Albert-Laszlo Barabasi  

Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death – Geoffrey West

Two’s Company, Three is Complexity – Neil F. Johnson

Want to create your own interdisciplinary reading groups or other interdisciplinary projects? Get in touch.

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