Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory (3rd Revised edition)

Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory (3rd Revised edition)

By: Allen F. Repko (author), Richard Szostak (author)Paperback

In Stock

£45.11 RRP £47.99  You save £2.88 (6%) With FREE Saver Delivery


The Third Edition of Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory offers a comprehensive and systematic presentation of the interdisciplinary research process and the theory that informs it. Authors Allen F. Repko and Rick Szostak illustrate each step of the decision-making process by drawing on student and professional work from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and applied fields. Designed for active learning and problem-based approaches as well as for more traditional approaches, the book now includes more examples from real student research projects and adds more tables and figures to enliven the discussion.

Create a review

About Author

Allen F. Repko, PhD, is the former director of the interdisciplinary studies program in the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington where he developed and taught the program's core cur-riculum for many years. The program is one of the largest in the United States. Repko has written extensively on all aspects of interdisciplinary studies, has twice served as coeditor of the interdisciplinary journal Issues in Integrative Studies, and has served on the board of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS). Though recently "retired", he continues to write and speak at AIS conventions where he conducts annual workshops on interdisciplinary program development and assessment. He can be contacted at Rick Szostak, PhD, is Professor of Economics at the University of Alberta where he has taught for 28 years. He is the author of ten books and 30 articles, all of an interdisciplinary nature. Several of his publications address how to do interdisciplinary research, teach interdisciplinary courses, administer interdisciplinary programs, or organize information in order to facilitate interdisciplinarity. As an Associate Dean, he created the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies at the UofA, the STS program, an Individualized Major, and two courses about interdisciplinarity. He teaches those courses as well as courses in STS and on economic growth. He has twice served as coeditor of the interdisciplinary journal Issues in Integrative Studies. He is President the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS), 2010-12. He can be contacted at


Part I. About Interdisciplinary Studies and Disciplines 1. Introducing Interdisciplinary Studies Learning Outcomes Objectives Defining Interdisciplinary Studies The Intellectual Essence of Interdisciplinarity Distinguishing Interdisciplinarity from Multidisciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity, and Integrative Studies Chapter Summary Notes Exercises 2. Introducing the Disciplines and Their Perspectives Learning Outcomes Objectives Defining Disciplinary Perspective How Knowledge is Typically Reflected in the Organization of the Academy Categories of Disciplines Disciplinary Perspectives Unpacking the Defining Elements of a Discipline's Perspective Chapter Summary Notes Exercises Part II. Drawing on Disciplinary Insights 3. Beginning the Research Process Learning Outcomes Objectives The Integrated Model of Interdisciplinary Research Process Key Characteristics of Interdisciplinary Research Step 1: Define the Problem or State the Research Question Step 2: Justify Using an Interdisciplinary Approach Chapter Summary Notes Exercises 4. Identifying Relevant Disciplines Learning Outcomes Objectives Select Potentially Relevant Disciplines Map the Problem to Reveal Its Disciplinary Parts Reduce the Number of Potentially Relevant Disciplines to Those That Are Most Relevant Chapter Summary Notes Exercises 5. Conducting the Literature Search Learning Outcomes Objectives Meaning of Literature Search Reasons for Conducting the Literature Search Special Challenges Confronting Interdisciplinarians The Initial Literature Search The Full-Scale Literature Search Chapter Summary Notes Exercises 6. Developing Adequacy in Relevant Disciplines Learning Outcomes Objectives The Meaning of Adequacy Develop Adequacy in Theories Develop Adequacy in Disciplinary Methods Use and Evaluate Disciplinary Methods in Basic Research Provide In-Text Evidence of Disciplinary Adequacy Chapter Summary Notes Exercises 7. Analyzing the Problems and Evaluating Insights Learning Outcomes Objectives Analyze the Problem from Each Discipline's Perspective Evaluate the Insights Produced by Each Discipline Checklist for Evaluating Previous Research Chapter Summary Notes Exercises Part III. Integrating Insights 8. Understanding Integration Learning Outcomes Objectives What Interdisciplinary Integration Is The Controversy Concerning Integration Integration in the Broad Model Questions Raised by This Discussion of Integration Chapter Summary Notes Exercises 9. Identifying Conflicts Between Insights and Their Sources Learning Outcomes Objectives Identify Conflicting Insights Locate Sources of Conflict Between Insights Communicate Your Research to the Appropriate Audience Chapter Summary Exercises 10. Creating Common Ground Between Insights: Concepts and/or Assumptions Learning Outcomes Objectives About Interdisciplinary Common Ground Create Common Ground Between Conflicting Concepts and/or Assumptions Chapter Summary Notes Exercises 11. Creating Common Ground Between Insights: Theories Learning Outcomes Objectives Defining Disciplinary Theory Models, Variables, Concepts, and Causal Relationships Create Common Ground Between Theories When Theories Differ Only Minimally Chapter Summary Notes Exercises 12. Constructing a More Comprehensive Understanding or Theory Learning Outcomes Objectives Definition of "More Comprehensive Understanding" Construct the More Comprehensive Understanding From Modified Concepts and/or Assumptions Construct a More Comprehensive Theory from Modified Theory Chapter Summary Notes Exercises 13. Reflecting on, Testing, and Communicating the Understanding or Theory Learning Outcomes Objectives Reflect on the More Comprehensive Understanding Test the Quality of Interdisciplinary Work Test the More Comprehensive Understanding Communicate the Results of Integration Chapter Summary Note Exercises 14. Conclusion

Product Details

  • publication date: 07/06/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781506330488
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 464
  • ID: 9781506330488
  • weight: 794
  • ISBN10: 1506330487
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly