Self-contained case studies teach students best practices in interdisciplinary research

Interdisciplinary research is a burgeoning field, largely due to its ability to tackle complex problems facing humanity that extend beyond a single disciplinary perspective and require interdisciplinary thinking and research for their resolution.

Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research successfully applies the model of the interdisciplinary research process outlined by author Allen F. Repko in Interdisciplinary Research, (SAGE ©2008) to a wide spectrum of challenging research questions. Self-contained case studies, written by leaders in interdisciplinary research, and utilizing best-practice techniques in conducting interdisciplinary research shows students how to apply the interdisciplinary research process to a variety of problems.

The Interdisciplinary Research Process

This book provides case studies of the performance of interdisciplinary research. It is hoped that these case studies will prove instructive both to students and other scholars as they perform interdisciplinary research. This introductory chapter does not provide a detailed overview of these case studies: Brief descriptions of each chapter are provided in the Preface, and a discussion of lessons learned and questions raised is provided in the concluding chapter. Rather, this chapter engages some broad questions regarding the very possibility of identifying superior strategies for performing interdisciplinary research. In doing so, it provides the rationale for the case studies that follow: It is both feasible and desirable to identify interdisciplinary best practices.

Is there a best way of doing interdisciplinary research? ...

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