ERIC Number: ED476058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Interdisciplinary Research for Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Rural Schools: Considerations for Creating a Mathematics and Vocational Education Research Agenda. Working Paper.
Harmon, Hobart L.
This paper provides a foundation for researchers in mathematics education and vocational education (now commonly called career and technical education) to begin exploring an interdisciplinary research agenda that will create new knowledge and innovations for living and working in rural areas in the 21st century. The need for interdisciplinary research is discussed, followed by definitions of interdisciplinarity. Lattuca's typology of interdisciplinary scholarship is presented, in which the nature of interdisciplinarity in teaching or research is defined by the type of question motivating it. The evolution of research methods in mathematics education over the past 25 years is outlined, moving from strictly quantitative methods to qualitative studies and multiple perspectives focused on students' learning processes. Trends in vocational education research would also seem to accommodate the conduct and characteristics of interdisciplinary research. Integration of disciplines may not be the defining characteristic of effective interdisciplinary research. Questions that transcend disciplines or that have no compelling disciplinary basis characterize true interdisciplinary research. Interdisciplinary research faces barriers based in traditional academic structures. Yet, various types of institutional support exist for conducting interdisciplinary research. Moreover, entities outside academia, including funding organizations and businesses, are increasingly influencing the research agenda. Five considerations are outlined for creating an interdisciplinary research agenda that links rural mathematics education and vocational education in meaningful ways. (Contains 32 references) (TD)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematics Education, Research Methodology, Rural Education, Vocational Education
For full text: http://kant.citl.ohiou.edu/ACCLAIM/rc/rc_sub/pub/3_wp/Harmon9.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Ohio Univ., Athens. Appalachian Collaborative Center for Learning, Assessment, and Instruction in Mathematics.