Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Literature in the period 2014-2018


  • Bernardo Vitor de Souza Marins Fluminense Federal University – UFF
  • Hellen Costa Ramos Secretaria de Estado da Educação – SEEDUC
  • Geraldo Souza Ferreira Fluminense Federal University – UFF
  • Stella Regina Reis Costa Fluminense Federal University – UFF
  • Helder Gomes Costa Fluminense Federal University – UFF



Interdisciplinarity, Education, Interdisciplinarity in Education, Interdisciplinary subjects


Goal: The growing complexity of problems induces the use of multi- and interdisciplinary approaches in their solution. This situation occurs in a number of fields, including in the field of Education. The results of research from the interdisciplinary point of view in Education are presented in several journals, addressing different subjects, which prevents a holistic view on the development of this area. In order to fill this gap, this article aims to study interdisciplinarity in education in order to understand how the concept of interdisciplinarity has been applied in this area.

Design / Methodology / Approach: It consists of a bibliographical survey, with articles indexed in the SCOPUS database. The selection of articles was limited to a transversal research in the literature from 2014 to 2018, using the following keywords: interdisciplinarity and higher education.

Limitations of the investigation: Through the methodology used, 60 articles were selected.

Results: Few articles were related to interdisciplinary practices, demonstrating the need for research to cover this gap.

Practical implications: Although the subject began in the 1970s, there is still much to be researched regarding interdisciplinarity in education, to allow a better dissemination and practice thereof, so that students have a systemic view of current complexity.

Originality/ Value: The study points out a gap in the literature, and the quantitative results suggest that there is a greater deficiency of works directed to the application of the interdisciplinary approach in the development of this aspect for the improvement of society.


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How to Cite

Marins, B. V. de S., Ramos, H. C., Ferreira, G. S., Costa, S. R. R., & Costa, H. G. (2019). Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Literature in the period 2014-2018. Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management, 16(1), 113–125.

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