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 Metropolitan Problem in Interdisciplinary Perspective
Michan AndrewConnor
Introduction

Over the course of the 20th century, the United States became a metropolitan nation. In 1910, only 28% of Americans lived in cities or their surrounding suburbs, but by 2000, 80% of Americans lived in metropolitan areas, and in 37 of 50 states, the majority of the population lived in metropolitan areas (Hobbs & Stoops, 2002, pp. 1, 7). Although metropolitan areas are commonly designated by the name of the largest city in the region, the political, cultural, and demographic preeminence of large cities has been steadily eroding. Suburban population (31% of Americans) had nearly reached parity with urban (32%) in 1960. By 2000, just over half of the U.S. population lived in suburbs, while only three in ...

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