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.

Research Integration: A Comparative Knowledge Base
Julie ThompsonKlein

Integration is widely regarded as the primary methodology of interdisciplinarity. In the chapter on interdisciplinary studies (IDS) in the Handbook of Undergraduate Curriculum, Klein and Newell (1997) called integration the “acid test” of IDS (p. 404). In his textbook Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory, Allen Repko (2008) called it the distinguishing feature of IDS. And, in the defining chapter on integration in the Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research, Pohl, van Kerkhoff, Hirsch Hadorn, and Bammer (2008) called it “the core methodology underpinning the transdisciplinary research process” (p. 421). Three organizations have also made integration a cornerstone of their work. The Association for Integrative Studies promotes integration as the primary methodology of interdisciplinary studies. The Swiss Academies of Arts and ...

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