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ERIC Number: ED307666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Identification of Factors Which Influence Interdisciplinary Collaboration within Educational Settings.
Tompkins, Francine M.; And Others
Recent research suggests that a key educational reform step is developing interdisiplinary collaborative inquiry activities. Bringing together professionals representing diverse, interrelated disciplines yields a more thorough understanding of organizational systems. Despite widespread support for interdisciplinary collaboration (IDC), few projects are currently under way. This study aims to (1) discover faculty and administrator perceptions regarding factors influencing current IDC efforts at their institutions; (2) discover these groups' perceptions about factors most likely to promote future IDC activities; and (3) document current IDC activities within Ohio colleges and universities. The study selected 12 representative higher education institutions. Following completion of a questionnaire, 46 participating faculty/administrators were interviewed. A preliminary data analysis was made using qualitative methods. Results showed great diversity of opinion among faculty and administrators. There was, however, general agreement regarding the factors most important to promote future IDC efforts. Currently, administrative structure, the role of funding and institutional priorities, merit and formal recognition, and faculty attitude and autonomy were significant promotional factors. Organizational inhibitors included physical housing, special languages, and hierarchical status associated with various disciplines. Current IDC projects included research and grant projects, program development and delivery, governance committees, professional organization memberships, and activities such as joint authorship of books and articles. Future directions are discussed. Included are seven references and an appendix containing the study questionnaire. (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio