The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity

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Taking stock of interdisciplinarity as it nears its century mark, the Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity constitutes a major new reference work on the topic of interdisciplinarity, a concept of growing academic and societal importance.

Interdisciplinarity is fast becoming as important outside academia as within. Academics, policy makers, and the general public are seeking methods and approaches to help organize and integrate the vast amounts of knowledge being produced, both within research and at all levels of education.

The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity provides a synoptic overview of the current state of interdisciplinary research, education, administration and management, and problem solving-knowledge that spans the disciplines and interdisciplinary fields, and crosses the space between the academic community and society at large. Its 37 chapters and 14 case studies provide a snapshot of the state of knowledge integration as interdisciplinarity approaches its century mark.

This groundbreaking text offers by far the most broad-based account of inter- and transdisciplinarity to date. Its original essays bring together many of the globe's leading thinkers on interdisciplinary research, education, and the institutional aspects of interdisciplinarity, as well as extended reflections on how knowledge is integrated into societal needs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199236916
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2010
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 620
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Frodeman is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas. He specializes in environmental philosophy, science policy, and questions concerning interdisciplinarity. Holder of advanced degrees in philosophy (a PhD, from Penn State) and geology (a masters from the University of Colorado), he has held positions at the University of Texas, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Colorado. He served as a consultant for the US Geological Survey for eight years, was the 2001-2002 Hennebach Professor of the Humanities at the Colorado School of Mines, and was an ESRC Fellow at Lancaster University in England in the spring of 2005. He is the author of Geo-Logic: Breaking Ground between Philosophy and the Earth Sciences (2003), and co-editor of the Encyclopaedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy (2008). He is founding Director of UNT's Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity.

Julie Thompson Klein is Professor of Humanities at Wayne University and has been a Visiting Professor in Japan, Fulbright Professor in Nepal, Distinguished Visitor at the University of Auckland/New Zealand, and Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Klein is an internationally recognized expert on interdisciplinarity and teaches interdisciplinary humanities, American cultural studies, and digital humanities. She received the Kenneth Boulding Award for outstanding scholarship on interdisciplinarity and the Ramamoorthy & Yeh Transdisciplinary Distinguished Achievement Award. She has lectured throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, and the South Pacific, served on national task forces, and advised public and private agencies. She has written and edited several books.

Carl Mitcham is Professor of Liberal Arts and International Studies and Director of the Hennebach Program in Humanities at the Colorado School of Mines. He is also a faculty member of the European Graduate School and has held visiting appointments in Spain and the Netherlands. His major publications include Thinking through Technology: The Path between Engineering and Philosophy (1994) and the four volume Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics (2005).

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Robert Frodeman
1. A Short History of Knowledge Formations, Peter Weingart
2. A Taxonomy of Interdisciplinarity, Julie Thompson Klein
3. Interdisciplinary Cases and Disciplinary Knowledge, Wolfgang Krohn
Sidebar: Prospects for a philosophy of interdisciplinarity Jan C. Schmidt
4. Deviant Interdisciplinarity, Steve Fuller
5. Against Holism, Dan Sarewitz
6. Physical Sciences, Robert P. Crease
Sidebar: Mathematics and root interdisciplinarity Erik Fisher and David Beltran-del-Rio
7. Integrating the Social Sciences: Theoretical Knowledge, Methodological Tools, and Practical Applications, Craig Calhoun & Diana Rhoten
8. Biological Sciences, Warren Burggren, Kent Chapman, Bradley Keller, Michael Monticino & John Torday
9. Art and Music Research, Julie Thompson Klein & Richard Parncutt
10. Engineering, Trish Culligan & Feniosky Peña-Mora
11. Religious Studies, Sarah Fredericks
12. Information Research on Interdisciplinarity, Carole Palmer
Sidebar: Transcending discipline-based library classifictions Richard Szostak
13. A Field of its Own: the Emergence of Science and Technology Studies, Sheila Jasanoff
14. Humanities and Technology in the Information Age, Cathy Davidson
Sidebox: Vectors: an interdisciplinary digital journal Tara McPherson
15. Media and Communication, Adam Briggle & Cliff Christians
16. Cognitive Science, Paul Thagard
17. Computation and Simulation, Johannes Lenhard
18. Ethics, Carl Mitcham & Anne Balsamo
19. Design as Problem Solving, Prasad Boradkar
Sidebox: InnovationSpace at Arizona State University Prasad Boradkar
20. Learning to Synthesize: The Development of Interdisciplinary Understanding, Veronica Boix-Mansilla
Sidebar: ZiF Ipke Wachsmuth
Sidebar: Creativity and interdisciplinarity Thomas Kowall
21. Evaluating Interdisciplinary Research, Katri Huutoniemi
22. Peer Review, J. Britt Holbrook
23. Policy Challenges and University Reform, Clark Miller
Sidebar: Transdisciplinary efforts at public science agencies: NSF's SciSIP program Erin Christine Moore
24. Administering Interdisciplinary Programs, Beth Casey
25. Undergraduate General Education, William H. Newell
Sidebar: The Association for Integrative Studies William H. Newell
26. Interdisciplinary Pedagogies in Higher Education, Deborah DeZure
27. Facilitating Interdisciplinary Scholars, Stephanie Pfirman & Paula Martin
28. Doctoral Student and Early Career Academic Perspectives, Jessica Graybill & Vivek Shandas
29. A Memoir of an Interdisciplinary Career, Dan Callahan
30. Solving Problems through Transdisciplinary Research, Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, Gabriele Bammer & Christian Pohl
Sidebar: td-net—the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences' forum for transdisciplinary research Christian Pohl and Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn
Sidebar: Sustainability foresight: participative approaches to sustainable utility sectors Bernhard Truffer
31. Systems Thinking, Styse Strijbos
Sidebar: Mapping interdisciplinary research Katy Börner and Kevin W. Boyack
32. Cross-disciplinary Team Science Initiatives: Research, Training, and Translation, Daniel Stokols, Kara L. Hall, Richard P. Moser, Annie Feng, Shalini Misra, and Brandie K. Taylor
Sidebar: Managing consensus in interdisciplinary teams Rico Defila and Antonietta Di Giulio
33. The Environment, J. Baird Callicott
Biocultural conservation in Cape Horn: the Magellanic woodpecker as a charismatic species Ximena Arango, Ricardo Rozzi, Francisca Massardo, and José Tomás Ibarra
34. Health Science and Health Services, Allan Best & Jennifer Terpstra
Sidebar: Telehospice: a case study in healthcare intervention research Elaine M. Wittenberg-Lyles, Debra Parker Oliver, and George Demiris
35. Law, Marilyn Averill
36. Risk, Sven Hansson
37. Corporate Innovation, Bruce A. Vojak, Raymond L. Price & Abbie Griffin

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