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Interdisciplinary Research
Process and Theory

Third Edition
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April 2016 | 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
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Thoughtful text edits make material more accessible to undergraduate students.
  • New content has been added while the overall length of the text has been reduced to keep readers informed of the latest developments in a concise manner.
  • Extended discussions of transdisciplinarity, integrative studies, and team science reflect the recent increase in scholarship in these areas.
  • More discussion of disciplinary methods, critical thinking strategies, and ethics and values has been added.
  • A revised Preface provides extensive recommendations on how to use the book more effectively.
KEY FEATURES:

  • An easy-to-follow, decision-making framework called STEPS makes an integrative study comprehensible and achievable for students.
  • Chapters covering the 10 STEPS in the interdisciplinary research process aid students in mastering the material by applying it to their own research.
  • Examples of student and professional work illustrate the STEPS of the interdisciplinary research process that readers will relate to.
  • Theoretical grounding in the tenets of interdisciplinary studies provides the foundation for research design and the inquiry process.
  • A Note to Readers on each STEP explains the relevance to undergraduates, graduate students, practitioners, and interdisciplinary teams.
  • Exercises at the end of each chapter reflect the outline of the chapter and challenge students to analyze concepts rather than simply recall information.

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