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Q. Discipline


discipline, n. II. Senses relating to training, instruction, or method. 5b. A particular school or method of instruction; an educational philosophy.  6. A system or method for the maintenance of order; a body of rules for conduct or action; a way of doing things. 7a. A branch of learning or knowledge; a field of study or expertise; a subject. Now also: a subcategory or element of a particular subject or field. b. spec. A branch or field of sporting activity; a subcategory or element of a particular sport.” OED


When used in academia, discipline refers to the field of study. Mathematics is an example of a discipline, while statistics, calculus, and algebra are subjects within the mathematics discipline. Other examples of disciplines are life sciences (subjects: biology, chemistry, botany, etc.) and social sciences (subjects: psychology, sociology, etc.).



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  • Last Updated Mar 13, 2020
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  • Answered By Francesca Golus

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