ERIC Number: EJ1170214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Transdisciplinarity in Research: Perspectives of Early Career Faculty
Moore, Megan; Martinson, Melissa L.; Nurius, Paula S.; Kemp, Susan P.
Research on Social Work Practice, v28 n3 p254-264 Mar 2018
Background: Early career faculty experiences and perspectives on transdisciplinary research are important yet understudied. Methods: Assistant professors at 50 top-ranked social work programs completed an online survey assessing perspectives on the salience of transdisciplinary training in their field, obstacles to or negative impacts of transdisciplinary training, and current environments. Content analysis and descriptive statistics were used. Results: A large majority of all participants (N = 118) believed that transdisciplinary research is important, that greater training is needed, and that they are relatively well prepared in related skill sets. They are expected to build cross-disciplinary collaborations, yet only a small minority believed that social work researchers are nationally recognized as important collaborators, or that they are prepared to navigate tensions on research teams. Conclusions: We offer a multilevel framework of structural and training supports needed to realize transdisciplinary research in social work with relevance to other disciplines.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Interdisciplinary Approach, Social Work, Professional Education, Teacher Surveys, Online Surveys, Research, Teacher Attitudes, Doctoral Programs, Educational Experience, Work Environment, Barriers, Beginning Teachers, Content Analysis, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) (DHHS/NIH); Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: KL2TR000421; R24HD042828