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.

Integrative Theory in Criminology Applied to the Complex Social Problem of School Violence

Nicole L.Bracy


Interdisciplinarians have been very clear that they are interested in addressing problems, questions, or topics that are “too broad or complex to be dealt with adequately by a single discipline” (Klein & Newell, 1997, p. 393) and “whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline” (Boix-Mansilla, 2005, p. 16; National Academies, 2005, p. 39). Single disciplinary approaches “fail to provide the truly comprehensive perspective on the problem that policymakers and the public really need. On too many issues of public importance, the disciplines tend to talk past each other” (Repko, 2008, p. 31). The charge of “disciplinary inadequacy” (p. 39) in dealing with complex social problems has been applied ...

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