ERIC Number: EJ800371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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Reference Count: 25
Synecdoche and Surprise: Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production
Dalke, Anne; McCormack, Elizabeth F.
Journal of Research Practice, v3 n2 article M20 2007
Using contemporary insights from feminist critical theory and the literary device of synecdoche, we argue that transdisciplinary knowledge is productive because it maximizes serendipity. We draw on student learning experiences in a course on "Gender and Science" to illustrate how the dichotomous frameworks and part-whole correspondences that are predominant in much disciplinary discourse must be dismantled for innovative intellectual work to take place. In such a process, disciplinary presumptions interrogate and unsettle one another to produce novel questions and answers.
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Literary Devices, Feminism, Cognitive Structures, Epistemology, Science and Society, Interdisciplinary Approach, Content Analysis
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