ERIC Number: ED030375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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The "Metadisciplinary" Approach to Policy Research in Developing Countries. Notes on the Work of the Professional Schools' Committee at Berkeley.
The problem with interdisciplinary policy research in the academic community is that it is often approached simultaneously but independently by each discipline involved. A solution to this problem could be the "metadisciplinary" approach. The "meta" coalition is based on the notion that a commonality of interests between individuals of differing disciplinary backgrounds, and a shared experience in solving problems, provides the research team with a necessary common language to communicate effectively and fruitfully. At the University of California, Berkeley, the Professional Schools' Program is attempting to increase the international sophistication of the schools by financing conferences, seminars, faculty and student research, mostly in developing countries. The program is administered by a rotating committee representing the various professional schools, many of whom have had a commitment and some experience with the realities of development in low-income countries. The "rotation" and "commitment" characteristics of the commitee have prevented polarization around the interests of single individuals. The report discusses a number of "metaprojects" conducted abroad by alliances between faculty and students from several departments, projects underway, others planned, and the problems of financing for this innovative program, which is currently financed by a grant from the Ford Foundation. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.