their work doesn't exist in a vacuum

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Shogol

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Persian-Iran
Hi,
could you help me get this: the program ensures that students understand that their work doesn't exist in a vacuum.
Thank you!
:)
 
  • Glenfarclas

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    English (American)
    What word or phrase is confusing you? Is it something about "the program ensures that students understand that...", or something about "...that their work doesn't exist in a vacuum"?
     

    SReynolds

    Senior Member
    Hungarian
    It tries to convey that one's work is necessarily dependent on the work of others and you can't treat your job as if you were in a vacuum, i.e. working in your own little bubble, independently of everyone else around you.

    [cross-posted]
     

    Mahantongo

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    English (U.S.)
    Shogol, is that intended as a "yes, I don't understand the word 'vacuum'?" SReynolds explained what that meant.
     

    Shogol

    Member
    Persian-Iran
    Thank you very much Mahantongo,Sreynolds and Glenfarclas!
    I meant the part which says "their work doesn't exist in vacuum"
     

    PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    To exist in a vacuum = to be unconnected with other events

    the program ensures that students understand that their work doesn't exist in a vacuum. = the program ensures that students understand that their work is connected with [something that has already been described, for example, other parts of the course and reality.]
     
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