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ABSTRACT. In this paper we examine the tension between the educational needs of a globalized world and the institutional structures of a globalized education system. One of the most important consequences of the current discipline-based education system is a missed opportunity to encourage reflexive thinking about discipline-based normative assumptions and world views. We argue that this is one of the conditions necessary for producing researchers and students who are culturally competent: able to engage with the community in messy non-discipline-specific problems, critique and integrate information from many knowledge sources and work collaboratively. We report on two case studies in Indigenous Australia and the Pacific: projects that involved students and that demonstrate the special quality and value of cultural competence and its connection with work across, and beyond, academic disciplines. pp. 22–44

Keywords: interdisciplinarity; political economy of higher education; knowledge cultures

JANE PALMER
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School of Social Sciences,
Faculty of Arts and Business,
University of the Sunshine Coast
JENNIFER CARTER
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School of Social Sciences,
Faculty of Arts and Business,
University of the Sunshine Coast

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