The Third Edition of Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory offers a comprehensive and systematic presentation of the interdisciplinary research process and the theory that informs it. Authors Allen F. Repko and Rick Szostak illustrate each step of the decision-making process by drawing on student and professional work from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and applied fields. Designed for active learning and problem-based approaches as well as for more traditional approaches, the book now includes more examples from real student research projects and adds more tables and figures to enliven the discussion.
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About the Author
Allen F. Repko, PhD, 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 email@example.com.
Rick Szostak, PhD, is a professor of economics at the University of Alberta, where he has taught for 31 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. As an associate dean, he created the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Alberta, the Science, Technology and Society program, an individualized major, and two courses about interdisciplinarity. He has twice served as coeditor of the interdisciplinary journal Issues in Integrative Studies. He was president of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) from 2011 to 2014. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table of ContentsPart I. About Interdisciplinary Studies and Disciplines1. Introducing Interdisciplinary Studies Learning Outcomes Objectives Defining Interdisciplinary Studies The Intellectual Essence of Interdisciplinarity Distinguishing Interdisciplinarity from Multidisciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity, and Integrative Studies Chapter Summary Notes Exercises2. Introducing the Disciplines and Their Perspectives Learning Outcomes Objectives Defining Disciplinary Perspective How Knowledge is Typically Reflected in the Organization of the Academy Categories of Disciplines Disciplinary Perspectives Unpacking the Defining Elements of a Discipline's Perspective Chapter Summary Notes ExercisesPart II. Drawing on Disciplinary Insights3. Beginning the Research Process Learning Outcomes Objectives The Integrated Model of Interdisciplinary Research Process Key Characteristics of Interdisciplinary Research Step 1: Define the Problem or State the Research Question Step 2: Justify Using an Interdisciplinary Approach Chapter Summary Notes Exercises4. Identifying Relevant Disciplines Learning Outcomes Objectives Select Potentially Relevant Disciplines Map the Problem to Reveal Its Disciplinary Parts Reduce the Number of Potentially Relevant Disciplines to Those That Are Most Relevant Chapter Summary Notes Exercises5. Conducting the Literature Search Learning Outcomes Objectives Meaning of Literature Search Reasons for Conducting the Literature Search Special Challenges Confronting Interdisciplinarians The Initial Literature Search The Full-Scale Literature Search Chapter Summary Notes Exercises6. Developing Adequacy in Relevant Disciplines Learning Outcomes Objectives The Meaning of Adequacy Develop Adequacy in Theories Develop Adequacy in Disciplinary Methods Use and Evaluate Disciplinary Methods in Basic Research Provide In-Text Evidence of Disciplinary Adequacy Chapter Summary Notes Exercises7. Analyzing the Problems and Evaluating Insights Learning Outcomes Objectives Analyze the Problem from Each Discipline's Perspective Evaluate the Insights Produced by Each Discipline Checklist for Evaluating Previous Research Chapter Summary Notes ExercisesPart III. Integrating Insights8. Understanding Integration Learning Outcomes Objectives What Interdisciplinary Integration Is The Controversy Concerning Integration Integration in the Broad Model Questions Raised by This Discussion of Integration Chapter Summary Notes Exercises9. Identifying Conflicts Between Insights and Their Sources Learning Outcomes Objectives Identify Conflicting Insights Locate Sources of Conflict Between Insights Communicate Your Research to the Appropriate Audience Chapter Summary Exercises10. Creating Common Ground Between Insights: Concepts and/or Assumptions Learning Outcomes Objectives About Interdisciplinary Common Ground Create Common Ground Between Conflicting Concepts and/or Assumptions Chapter Summary Notes Exercises11. Creating Common Ground Between Insights: Theories Learning Outcomes Objectives Defining Disciplinary Theory Models, Variables, Concepts, and Causal Relationships Create Common Ground Between Theories When Theories Differ Only Minimally Chapter Summary Notes Exercises12. Constructing a More Comprehensive Understanding or Theory Learning Outcomes Objectives Definition of "More Comprehensive Understanding" Construct the More Comprehensive Understanding From Modified Concepts and/or Assumptions Construct a More Comprehensive Theory from Modified Theory Chapter Summary Notes Exercises13. Reflecting on, Testing, and Communicating the Understanding or Theory Learning Outcomes Objectives Reflect on the More Comprehensive Understanding Test the Quality of Interdisciplinary Work Test the More Comprehensive Understanding Communicate the Results of Integration Chapter Summary Note Exercises14. Conclusion