ERIC Number: ED093250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Programs: Attitudes and Experiences of USC [University of Southern California] Faculty.
In conjunction with a comprehensive faculty questionnaire, a sample of University of Southern California faculty were asked about their experiences with, attitudes toward, and opinions regarding multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programs. One-third of the faculty reported experience with both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, 17 percent had experience with multidisciplinary research only, and 14 percent reported only interdisciplinary research experience. The balance of 36 percent were divided into 17 percent with no experience in either type of research and 19 percent nonrespondents to this item. Analyses were made of the attitude and opinion items relative to the types of experience the faculty reported. Overall the faculty indicated a mildly favorable attitude toward both types of research. They gave higher ratings to the type of research with which they had experience. Those who had experience with both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research viewed them with equal favor. The organizational structure and reward systems of the university were seen as neutral to both types of research, although the USC administration was perceived as favorable and the faculty expect to see more of both in the near future. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Office of Institutional Studies.