Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

By: Allen F. Repko (author), Michelle Phillips Buchberger (author), Rick Szostak (author)Paperback

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Thisacomprehensive new introduction to interdisciplinary studies draws on recent advances in the field's burgeoning literature on learning and assessment.aIt is the firstabook to present these foundational principles in a textbook designed specifically for the introductory course. The book introduces students to the principles of the field, prepares them to produce quality work, and facilitates their working with topics, problems, or themes that span multiple disciplines.aIts approach isasuccinct, conceptual, and practical.

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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 Michelle Buchberger, PhD, is Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at Franklin University. She proposed and developed the B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies program, which is taught in both traditional and online formats. A fairly recent convert to interdisciplinarity, she has worked as co-coordinator (with Pauline Gagnon) of the Alpha Iota Sigma (AIS) international honors society for interdisciplinary studies and has presented and written on topics including teaching interdisciplinary studies online, working with non-traditional students, and creative thinking in interdisciplinary studies. She teaches several courses about interdisciplinarity, including electronic portfolios, theories and methods of interdisciplinary studies, creative thinking, and the interdisciplinary studies capstone course. She also teaches English literature. She can be contacted at


Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors Part I. Understanding Interdisciplinary Studies Chapter 1. Interdisciplinary Studies in the Real World Chapter 2. Interdisciplinary Studies Defined Chapter 3. The Interdisciplinary Studies "Cognitive Toolkit" Chapter 4. The Rise of the Modern Disciplines and Interdisciplinarity Chapter 5. Academic Disciplines Chapter 6. The "DNA" of Interdisciplinary Studies Part II. Thinking Critically About Interdisciplinary Studies Chapter 7. Thinking Critically About Disciplinary Perspectives Chapter 8. Thinking Critically About Disciplinary Insights Chapter 9. Thinking Critically About Integration and Its Results Part III. Interdisciplinary Research and Writing Chapter 10. An Interdisciplinary Research "Road Map" Chapter 11. Identifying Relevant Disciplines and Gathering Information About the Problem Chapter 12. Analyzing Insights and Reflecting on Process Appendix A. Intellectual Autobiography Appendix B. Student Portfolios Appendix C. Service Learning Appendix D. The Broad Model Rubric: Instructor Version Appendix E. Answer Key Glossary of Key Terms References Author Index Subject Index

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  • publication date: 13/06/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781452256603
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9781452256603
  • weight: 612
  • ISBN10: 1452256608

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