Interdisciplinary Research Process and Theory

ISBN-10: 1412959152
ISBN-13: 9781412959155
Edition: 2008
Authors: Allen F. Repko
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Description: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research: Theory and Methods is the first textbook to offer comprehensive treatment of the interdisciplinary research process commonly used by interdisciplinarians. Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) programsare  More...

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List price: $63.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research: Theory and Methods is the first textbook to offer comprehensive treatment of the interdisciplinary research process commonly used by interdisciplinarians. Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) programsare rapidly growingin formal degree-granting opportunities across institutions around the world. Further to this,more traditional discipline programsinvolve integratingmultidisciplinary perspectives into their research.Author Allen Repko offersthe firstconcise and guided resource on the most commonly accepted interdisciplinary studies principles as applied to the research process. The text covers topics such as deciding how to choose disciplines relevant to the problem or topic, dealing with disciplinary and ideological bias, making explicit the rationale for taking an interdisciplinary approach, and choosing research methods appropriate to the problem or topic.This text is appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary studies courses that require research projects or cover methods of social inquiry. Programs in cultural studies, women's studies, public administration and policy, criminology, urban affairs, evaluation, and other areas in which an interdisciplinary perspective is often foundational to the curriculum will find this an invaluable course resource to bring together issues and methods of interdisciplinarity in one comprehensive yet manageable text.

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 cur�riculum 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 allenrepko@att.net .

Preface
Acknowledgments
About Interdisciplinary Studies
Defining Interdisciplinary Studies
Tracing the Origins of Interdisciplinary Studies
Theories of Interdisciplinary Studies
Operationalizing Disciplinary Perspective
Defining the Elements of Disciplines
Explaining the Importance of Integration
Drawing On Disciplines
Beginning the Research Process
Identifying Relevant Disciplines
Developing Adequacy in Relevant Disciplines
Analyzing the Problem and Evaluating Each Insight Into It
Integrating Insights
Identifying Conflicts in Insights
Creating Common Ground
Integrating Insights and Producing an Interdisciplinary Understanding
Conclusion: Interdisciplinarity for the New Century
Appendix: Interdisciplinary Resources
Glossary of Key Terms
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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