Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies A Primer

ISBN-10: 1444336878

ISBN-13: 9781444336870

Edition: 2010

Authors: Gunilla �berg

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Environmental issues are inherently interdisciplinary, and environmental academic programs increasingly use an interdisciplinary approach.This timely book presents a core framework for conducting high quality interdisciplinary research. It focuses on the opportunities rather than the challenges of interdisciplinary work and is written for those doing interdisciplinary work (rather than those studying it). It is designed to facilitate high quality interdisciplinary work and the author uses illustrative examples from student work and papers published in the environmental literature. This book's lucid, problem-solving approach is framed in an accessible easily-to-read style and will be indispensable for anyone embarking on a research project involving interdisciplinary collaboration. Readership: graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and researchers involved in the interface between human and natural environmental systems
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 11/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Challenges and opportunities
On quality
Background
A note on terminology
Notes
Beyond CP Snow
Quantitative and qualitative studies
Improved understanding and quality
Drawing on commonalities
Context dependence and quantification
Interpretation and context
Notes
Questioning to learn and learning to question
Interdisciplinary expectations (Questions 1 to 3)
Transacademic aspirations (Questions 4 and 5)
Academic rigour (Questions 6 to 10)
Notes
Why do you conduct interdisciplinary work?
Where do you position yourself on the reflection scale? (Question 1)
To what end are you using knowledge from different disciplines? (Question 2)
What makes your work interdisciplinary? (Question 3)
Notes
Why do you interact with society?
Academic knowledge and decision-making
Who participates in which part of the study and how? (Question 4)
Why do you interact with society? (Question 5)
A word of warning: Don't be snobbish
Notes
Rigorous but not rigid
On quality assessment
Confusing form and credibility - an example
Communication
Notes
Marking your playground
Framing
Aim
Operatianalizing the aim
Confusing interdisciplinarity with "Everything"
Notes
Evidence that holds for scrutiny
How or why?
Common procedures
Mixing various types of empirical evidence
Notes
Anchoring your canoe
Clarifying your sources
Anchoring your frame
Anchoring your method
Notes
Analysis
Defining "analysis"
Clarifying the own, the new
Relevant literature - your canon
Common knowledge
Original research
Textbooks
The style of recognized scholars
Passive and active voice
Notes
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Headings
Where do I place the reflections?
Where do I describe the context?
References
Notes
Being interdisciplinary
Creating an open and respectful climate
Hierarchies that impair
Humbleness and courage
Outstanding studies
Dialogue, feedback and how to manage supervisors
Notes
References
Primary sources
Secondary sources
Index
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