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ERIC Number: EJ1193608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-4760
All Too Human: Confict and Common Ground in Interdisciplinary Research and Complex Problem Solving
Welch, James, IV
Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, n35 p88-112 2017
The identification of conflict and development of common ground, important steps in the interdisciplinary research process, become challenging when applied to solving complex real-world problems that involve opposing interest groups, especially those whose members do not possess academic or interdisciplinary training. This article examines psycho-social mechanisms that can complicate the interdisciplinary process in solving such problems, using attempts to solve the problem of anthropogenic climate change to exemplify the situation. Understanding the mechanisms of conflict as well as strategies of conflict resolution can improve the interdisciplinary research process in its application to complex real-world problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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