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Gardner, Alexander C.; Espinoza, Benjamin; Noble, Chelsea; Amey, Marilyn; Farrell-Cole, Patricia – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
This study explores how life science researchers conceptualize, operationalize, and value Interdisciplinary Research (IDR). We interviewed a sample of 10 established life science faculty to understand the researchers' lived experiences and perspectives on participating in IDR. Six themes emerged from our data: (1) IDR requires the integration of…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Scientists, Scientific Research, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Laursen, Bethany; O'Rourke, Michael – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
Integration is crucial to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work and it therefore deserves perennial attention by scholars and practitioners of such work. Few have thought so carefully, deeply, and tenaciously about integration as Julie Thompson Klein. In this article, we recount the development of Klein's thinking on integration, from her…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Theories, Learning Theories, Input Output Analysis
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Brooks, Ben; Schaab, Katharine; Chapman, Natasha H. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
One of the great challenges interdisciplinary programs face is fguring out how to get students to engage subject matter in a truly integrative way. To accomplish integration, students do not need to become experts in multiple felds, but they do need to understand how multiple modes of thinking, theoretical lenses, and content knowledge can be…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Capacity Building, Learning Strategies, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Cheas, Kirsi – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
This article extends Julie Thompson Klein's ideas on boundary work and typologies of interdisciplinarity from the context of academia to the context of international news media. It draws a metaphorical connection between news frames and the perspectives of academic disciplines, perceiving both as providing selective, limited views on the world.…
Descriptors: News Media, Higher Education, Comparative Analysis, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Pecorella, Robert F. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
This article, which presents an interdisciplinary research agenda grounded in a constructivist institutional approach, begins by unpacking relevant terms. It explains the new institutional approach in political science that simultaneously narrows the focus and broadens the scope of political research by encouraging a return to the…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Interdisciplinary Approach, Political Science, Constructivism (Learning)
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Bammer, Gabriele; Mitchell, Cynthia; Elford, Wendy; Dumaresq, David; van Kerkhoff, Lorrae; Small, Bruce; Hall, Virginia Kaufman; Kaufman, Stefan; Browne, Chris; Brown, Valerie A.; Blessington, Louise – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
Ten Australians and one New Zealander provide reflections on the influence of Julie Thompson Klein's work on and in inter- and trans- disciplinarity. Even taking into account that this article is based on a small number of contributions from only one corner of the world, the reflections demonstrate the influence of a diverse array of Klein's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Reflection, Educational Research
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Lotrecchiano, Gaetano R.; Hess, Andi – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
Throughout 2018 we had the privilege of engaging with Julie Thompson Klein using an ethnographic approach combining interviews via teleconferencing and email exchanges to discuss many aspects of her work with the goal of understanding how she herself views her scholarly evolution over the past five decades. Discussions about Klein's life quickly…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Interdisciplinary Approach, Videoconferencing, Scholarship
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Davidson, Cathy N.; Janz, Bruce B. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
In this article, we seek to apply Julie Thompson Klein's supple understanding of typology as both category-making and category-defying to one aspect of her own body of work: her participation in a range of organizations with permeable boundaries. Specifically, we review her contributions to theories of boundary work in interdisciplinary studies…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Higher Education, Educational Research, Educational Change
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Holley, Karri A. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
In this article, I consider Klein's scholarship as a foundation to examine the realities of interdisciplinary practice in higher education institutions, including questions of who engages in interdisciplinary work, how interdisciplinary work is supported, and how interdisciplinary work is organized. In discussing each of these issues, I underscore…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Higher Education, Educational Methods, Educational Research
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Pohl, Christian; Fam, Dena; Hoffmann, Sabine; Mitchell, Cynthia – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
Julie Thompson Klein's contributions to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research have enriched the way collaboration is discussed and handled by introducing concepts of boundary work and boundary crossing from the field of Science and Technology Studies. In recent years, she has been integrating those concepts into crossdisciplinarity, an…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Research, Cooperation, Sustainability
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Darbellay, Frédéric – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
Complexity is among the main drivers that justify and guide the genesis and establishment of multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to the production and application of knowledge. Complexity can be read in the relatively canonical taxonomy of these concepts that structure epistemological reflections on the dynamics of knowledge production…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Higher Education, Teaching Methods, Innovation
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Keestra, Machiel – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2019
When introduced around 1925, interdisciplinarity, grounded in the notion of the unity of knowledge, was meant to reconnect the fragmented and specialized disciplines of academia. However, interdisciplinary research became more and more challenging as the plurality and heterogeneity of disciplinary perspectives and insights increased. Insisting on…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Higher Education, Educational Research, Stakeholders
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Kjellberg, Paul; O'Rourke, Michael; O'Connor-Gómez, Doreen – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
Researchers typically embark on interdisciplinarity after the acquisition of disciplinary expertise. This article explores the possibility of teaching interdiciplinarity to undergraduate students who have not yet mastered or are in the process of mastering a discipline or disciplines. It focuses on junior-year students in the Whittier Scholars…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Programs, Interdisciplinary Approach, Scholarship
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Monson, Renee A.; Kenyon, Kristy L. – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
Interdisciplinary undergraduate programs have grown dramatically in recent decades, but they are vulnerable to cuts given various stakeholders' calls for greater accountability in higher education. Assessing the outcomes of interdisciplinary majors presents an array of challenges, including how to describe and categorize patterned variation in the…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Majors (Students), General Education, Liberal Arts
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Schulz, Jennifer – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2018
This article will describe how I have integrated my work as a psychotherapist specializing in trauma and as a literature professor in an interdisciplinary course on Trauma Narrative in which I explore with my students how literary texts (novels, poetry, and plays) and clinical discourses (e.g. the "Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Trauma, Interdisciplinary Approach, Novels
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