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 curriculum 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. Rick Szostak , PhD, is professor and chair of economics at the University of Alberta, where he has taught for 34 years. He is the author of a dozen books and 50 articles, all of an interdisciplinary nature.

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We cannot plunge into a discussion of best practices for interdisciplinary research without first contemplating the overall nature of the interdisciplinary research process. We urge researchers to be self-conscious and explicit about this research process. It cannot be stressed too much that these steps are iterative. Researchers need not start at the first step, and will often find that they revisit earlier steps or perform multiple steps simultaneously.

In team projects one important form of iteration is when team members present interim results and these are critiqued by other members. This may lead to revisiting earlier steps. Societal partners may in particular revise their expectations as interim results are presented.

Nevertheless the steps are logically distinct. And one critical strategy for evaluating interdisciplinary research is to ask whether all relevant steps have been performed appropriately. An appreciation of the best practices associated with each step will aid immeasurably in both the performance and evaluation of each step. It cannot be stressed too much that the interdisciplinary research process is quite different from disciplinary methodologies. The latter exhibit strong preferences sometimes exclusive for particular methods, and even the use of particular tools and techniques.

The former exhibits openness to the use of any method, technique, or tool that might illuminate the question under evaluation. While the interdisciplinary research process is quite different in nature from disciplinary methodologies, it is hoped that it can serve similar roles: to facilitate communication among interdiscipinarians, encouraging quality research, facilitating the assessment of that research, and thus enhancing the reputation of interdisciplinary research within the academy.

Forming a research team if team research is appropriate. Solving communication problems. Identifying a good research question. Identifying and Evaluating Disciplinary Insights. Mapping Interdisciplinary Connections. Performing Mixed Methods Research. We can add an external that is, performed by others ninth step: Assessing Interdisciplinary Research.

Each of these is associated with certain best practices. Details of many of these and examples of their use can be found in Allen Repko's Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory Sage, 2nd ed.

Sustained applications of several of these steps can be found in Repko, Allen, William H. Thousand Oaks: Sage. Berlin: Campus also identifies a host of best practices for interdisciplinary research. While each is discussed in the context of particular case studies, the authors emphasize that each has more general applicability, and thus also provide a general description of each. Most of these are discussed when particular steps are addressed here.

He also addresses the concerns that some scholars have voiced about such a research process. Pietro DeSantis, professor of Engineering at The University of Rome 2, has diagrammed much of the process outlined in the Repko text, as well as the work of Gabriele Bammer. Rebekah Brown, Ana Deletic, and Tony Wong, describe the factors that contributed to success at Monash University's interdisciplinary center for water research in Nature. Rick Szostak. Search this site. Navigation Home.

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The Interdisciplinary Research Process We cannot plunge into a discussion of best practices for interdisciplinary research without first contemplating the overall nature of the interdisciplinary research process. Mapping Interdisciplinary Connections 6. University of Alberta Economics.


Interdisciplinary research : process and theory

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