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Interdisciplinary Research
Process and Theory

Third Edition


© 2017 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory offers a comprehensive and systematic presentation of the interdisciplinary research process and the theory that informs it. The authors illustrate each step of the decision-making process by drawing on student and professional work from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and applied fields. Designed for active learning and problem-based approaches as well as for more traditional approaches, the Third Edition now includes more examples from real student research projects and adds more tables and figures to enliven the discussion.

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Part I. About Interdisciplinary Studies and Disciplines
 
1. Introducing Interdisciplinary Studies
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
Defining Interdisciplinary Studies  
The Intellectual Essence of Interdisciplinarity  
Distinguishing Interdisciplinarity from Multidisciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity, and Integrative Studies  
Chapter Summary  
Notes  
Exercises  
 
2. Introducing the Disciplines and Their Perspectives
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
Defining Disciplinary Perspective  
How Knowledge is Typically Reflected in the Organization of the Academy  
Categories of Disciplines  
Disciplinary Perspectives  
Unpacking the Defining Elements of a Discipline's Perspective  
Chapter Summary  
Notes  
Exercises  
 
Part II. Drawing on Disciplinary Insights
 
3. Beginning the Research Process
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
The Integrated Model of Interdisciplinary Research Process  
Key Characteristics of Interdisciplinary Research  
Step 1: Define the Problem or State the Research Question  
Step 2: Justify Using an Interdisciplinary Approach  
Chapter Summary  
Notes  
Exercises  
 
4. Identifying Relevant Disciplines
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
Select Potentially Relevant Disciplines  
Map the Problem to Reveal Its Disciplinary Parts  
Reduce the Number of Potentially Relevant Disciplines to Those That Are Most Relevant  
Chapter Summary  
Notes  
Exercises  
 
5. Conducting the Literature Search
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
Meaning of Literature Search  
Reasons for Conducting the Literature Search  
Special Challenges Confronting Interdisciplinarians  
The Initial Literature Search  
The Full-Scale Literature Search  
Chapter Summary  
Notes  
Exercises  
 
6. Developing Adequacy in Relevant Disciplines
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
The Meaning of Adequacy  
Develop Adequacy in Theories  
Develop Adequacy in Disciplinary Methods  
Use and Evaluate Disciplinary Methods in Basic Research  
Provide In-Text Evidence of Disciplinary Adequacy  
Chapter Summary  
Notes  
Exercises  
 
7. Analyzing the Problems and Evaluating Insights
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
Analyze the Problem from Each Discipline's Perspective  
Evaluate the Insights Produced by Each Discipline  
Checklist for Evaluating Previous Research  
Chapter Summary  
Notes  
Exercises  
 
Part III. Integrating Insights
 
8. Understanding Integration
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
What Interdisciplinary Integration Is  
The Controversy Concerning Integration  
Integration in the Broad Model  
Questions Raised by This Discussion of Integration  
Chapter Summary  
Notes  
Exercises  
 
9. Identifying Conflicts Between Insights and Their Sources
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
Identify Conflicting Insights  
Locate Sources of Conflict Between Insights  
Communicate Your Research to the Appropriate Audience  
Chapter Summary  
Exercises  
 
10. Creating Common Ground Between Insights: Concepts and/or Assumptions
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
About Interdisciplinary Common Ground  
Create Common Ground Between Conflicting Concepts and/or Assumptions  
Chapter Summary  
Notes  
Exercises  
 
11. Creating Common Ground Between Insights: Theories
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
Defining Disciplinary Theory  
Models, Variables, Concepts, and Causal Relationships  
Create Common Ground Between Theories  
When Theories Differ Only Minimally  
Chapter Summary  
Notes  
Exercises  
 
12. Constructing a More Comprehensive Understanding or Theory
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
Definition of "More Comprehensive Understanding"  
Construct the More Comprehensive Understanding From Modified Concepts and/or Assumptions  
Construct a More Comprehensive Theory from Modified Theory  
Chapter Summary  
Notes  
Exercises  
 
13. Reflecting on, Testing, and Communicating the Understanding or Theory
Learning Outcomes  
Objectives  
Reflect on the More Comprehensive Understanding  
Test the Quality of Interdisciplinary Work  
Test the More Comprehensive Understanding  
Communicate the Results of Integration  
Chapter Summary  
Note  
Exercises  
 
14. Conclusion

Supplements

Instructor Resources Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content and features.

“From undergraduates to seasoned research teams, Repko and Szostak make interdisciplinary research accessible to all by the grounding of elusive concepts in a systematic approach to the study of complex problems. This text is vital to interdisciplinary studies and should be implemented in all interdisciplinary and integrative programs.” 

Jennifer P. Anderson
The University of Southern Mississippi

PRAISE FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITION

“This is the premier text for interdisciplinary research and advances all ‘studies’ fields through its systematic treatment of the interdisciplinary research process. By explaining interdisciplinary research as a process, Repko gives students the framework needed to carry out valuable and forward-thinking research.”

James Lacey
Franklin Pierce University

“An outstanding contribution to the field, suitable for beginners and advanced researchers alike.”

Andrew T. Arroyo
Norfolk State University

“Repko gives relevant examples and carries them through the entire text, building on disciplinary insights while focusing on interdisciplinary integration.” 

Dave Conz
Arizona State University

Text is informative and easy to understand. Students are able to connect with the reading material.

Dr Sharon Sellers-Clark
Social Sci Health Pe Rec Dept, College Of Coastal Georgia
October 19, 2016

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