Literature on interdisciplinary research has increased and developed to include a synthesis theory and practice from around the world. This book is recommended for undergraduate and graduate students and those involved in interdisciplinary research. Instructors using this as a primary or supplemental text will find the pedagogical revisions helpful in challenging students to engage with the interdisciplinary research process. I highly recommend it. Guiding questions at the beginning of each chapter encourage readers to remain focused, and newly incorporated examples of relevant, recent research demonstrate that interdisciplinary perspectives have the power to help us understand and shape the world around us--including people, policies, and even public spaces--for the better.
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Disciplinary Research and Writing welcome to interdisciplinary scholarship! In choosing to pursue a degree in Liberal Studies, you have also recognized the advantage of an interdisciplinary approach to your research.
That is, instead of adhering to the theories and methodologies of a single academic disicipline e. Interdisciplinary scholarship values the disciplines, and indeed cannot exist without them. However, to effectively address complex issues, integrating the insights, concepts, and methodological tools of multiple disciplines into an interdisciplinary approach is necessary. Key characteristics of interdisciplinary research and writing.
Allen F. In particular, he refers to interdisciplinary research as a decision-making process in which the researcher considers which disciplines-with their respective viewpoints, tools, and methodologies-might be pertinent to the problem, concept, or issue at hand, and then decides which insights from those disciplines are most useful for further developing "an integrated and purposeful understanding" Repko , Repko lists the key characteristics of interdisciplinary research and writing: Interdisciplinary research is heuristic: interdisciplinary researchers are "discoverers" who engage concepts, issues, or problems individually or collectively "by introducing multiple decision points or steps Interdisciplinary research is iterative: the research process involves "repetition of a sequence of operations yielding results successively closer to the desired outcome" Repko , Repko cites the 10 steps of the interdisciplinary research process: Define the problem or state the focus question Justify using an interdisciplinary approach Identify relevant disciplines Develop adequacy in each relevant discipline Analyze the problem and evaluate each insight into it Identify conflicts between insights and their sources Create or discover common ground Integrate insights Produce an interdisciplinary understanding of the problem and test it , While interdisciplinary research provides certain advantages over disciplinary research, interdisciplinary research is also faced with challenges that a disciplinary researcher may not face.
Disiciplinary Bias- Disciplinary bias consists of using terminology and phrasing that connects the subject to a particular discipline. Doing so limits the scope of research within a particular disciplinary approach that prefers certain methodologies over others Repko , Disciplinary Jargon- Disciplinary jargon is similar to disciplinary bias in that it uses discipline-specific terminology.
Beyond connecting the subject to a particular discipline, jargon uses terms that may only be understood within a particular discipline. Interdisciplinay work is intended to facilitate discourse between disciplines, and if the terminology used is indecipherable to other disciplines an interdisciplinary approach has failed Repko , Personal Bias- According to Repko, students often attempt to express their own, personal point of view or opinion into their work.
In some disciplines and circumstances it is acceptable, or even desirable, that a student take a stand on a particular issue. Repko states, "the role of the interdisciplinarian is to produce an understanding of the problem that is more comprehensive and more inclusive" , Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory.
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Interdisciplinary vs. Disciplinary Research and Writing
Defining "Interdisciplinary" Klein and Newell offer the following widely-quoted definition of interdisciplinary studies: A process of answering a question, solving a problem, or addressing a topic that is too broad or complex to be dealt with adequately by a single discipline or profession… [It] draws on disciplinary perspectives and integrates their insights through construction of a more comprehensive perspective. Others may search for insights into what a concept means across different realms. They are conscious that all theories, methods, and disciplines are useful for some purposes but also have weaknesses. We should nevertheless be careful of stereotypes, for members of that discipline will deviate from disciplinary perspective to varying degrees. This may come in the form of a new understanding, new product, or new meaning. The Klein and Newell definition refers to a process, but provides no details on the nature of that process. This process will be explored in more detail when best practices for interdisciplinary research are examined.
Interdisciplinary Research: Definition, Process and Theory
Disciplinary Research and Writing welcome to interdisciplinary scholarship! In choosing to pursue a degree in Liberal Studies, you have also recognized the advantage of an interdisciplinary approach to your research. That is, instead of adhering to the theories and methodologies of a single academic disicipline e. Interdisciplinary scholarship values the disciplines, and indeed cannot exist without them.
Interdisciplinary Research : Process and Theory
The program is one of the largest in the United States. Repko has written extensively on all aspects of interdisciplinary studies, has twice served as coeditor of the interdisciplinary journal Issues in Integrative Studies, and has served on the board of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies AIS. Rick Szostak, PhD, is professor and chair of economics at the University of Alberta, where he has taught for 34 years. He is the author of a dozen books and 50 articles, all of an interdisciplinary nature. Several of his publications address how to do interdisciplinary research, teach interdisciplinary courses, administer interdisciplinary programs, or organize information in order to facilitate interdisciplinarity.
By explaining interdisciplinary research as a process, Repko gives students the framework needed to carry out valuable and forward-thinking research. This text is vital to interdisciplinary studies and should be implemented in all interdisciplinary and integrative programs. Anderson show more About Allen F. Repko Allen F. The program is one of the largest in the United States. Repko has written extensively on all aspects of interdisciplinary studies, has twice served as coeditor of the interdisciplinary journal Issues in Integrative Studies, and has served on the board of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies AIS. Rick Szostak, PhD, is professor and chair of economics at the University of Alberta, where he has taught for 34 years.