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Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory is the first book that systematically guides students in how to approach and follow through on research projects that straddle disciplines. Featuring an easy-to-follow approach that is grounded in theory, it is packed with examples of interdisciplinary research from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Students will gain a solid foundation on how to achieve, produce, and express integration.
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Editorial Reviews

Andrew T. Arroyo
“An outstanding contribution to the field, suitable for beginner and advanced researchers alike.”
Michelle Buchberger
“The book de-mystifies how to do interdisciplinary research, and provides a framework for approaching the study.”
Dave Conz
“Repko gives relevant examples and carries them through the entire text, building on disciplinary insights while focusing on interdisciplinary integration.”
James Lacey
“This is the premier text for interdisciplinary research and advances all “studies” fields through its systematic treatment of the interdisciplinary research process. By explaining interdisciplinary research as a process, Repko gives students the framework needed to carry out valuable and forward-thinking research.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412959155
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/29/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Allen F. Repko, Ph D, is the former director of the interdisciplinary studies program in the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington where he developed and taught the program’s core cur­riculum for many years. 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). Though recently “retired”, he continues to write and speak at AIS conventions where he conducts annual workshops on interdisciplinary program development and assessment. He can be contacted at

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Table of Contents



Part I About Interdisciplinary Studies 1

1 Defining Interdisciplinary Studies 3

2 Tracing the Origins of Interdisciplinarity 27

Part II Theories of Interdisciplinary Studies 49

3 Operationalizing Disciplinary Perspective 51

4 Defining the Elements of Disciplines 83

5 Explaining the Importance of Integration 115

Part III Drawing on Disciplines 135

6 Beginning the Research Process 137

7 Identifying Relevant Disciplines 160

8 Developing Adequacy in Relevant Disciplines 189

9 Analyzing the Problem and Evaluating Each Insight Into It 217

Part IV Integrating Insights 245

10 Identifying Conflicts in Insights 247

11 Creating Common Ground 271

12 Integrating Insights and Producing an Interdisciplinary Understanding 295

Conclusion: Interdisciplinarity for the New Century 321

Appendix Interdisciplinary Resources 327

Glossary of Key Terms 335

References 355

Author Index 371

Subject Index 377

About the Author 395

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2009

    Great book for the Interdisciplinarian who does not understand the research process

    Repko does a good job with outlining the research process an Interdisciplinarian needs to follow when trying to resolve a problem. The step by step approach is easy to follow and is good for a student and scholar who understand the meaning of Interdisciplinary work.

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