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Szostak, Rick – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2017
This article argues that cross-disciplinary linkages -- that is, relationships among phenomena studied by those in different disciplines -- often serve to destabilize, at least temporarily, systems of stability that are theorized to operate within the sets of phenomena studied within most disciplines. It surveys across disciplines both systems of…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Research Methodology, Reliability, Economics
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Carmichael, Tami; Dellner, Jennifer; Szostak, Rick – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2017
With recent increased interest in and efforts to reform and revitalize general education curricula to make an educational experience more vital and germane, many institutions have become interested in incorporating interdisciplinary learning opportunities, or even in creating fully interdisciplinary programs. In order to address the growing need…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, General Education, Teaching Methods, Information Literacy
Szostak, Rick – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2015
An extensional definition of interdisciplinarity--that is, a definition that identifies the types of practices that are interdisciplinary--is explained, advocated, and developed. The criteria for identifying appropriate interdisciplinary practices are outlined. Such a definition is useful both for interdisciplinary teachers and researchers who…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Definitions, Educational Practices, Best Practices
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Szostak, Rick – Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2013
Our understanding of the process of interdisciplinary research has expanded considerably over the last decades. The purpose of this brief paper is to take stock of where we are and where we are going. The first section addresses definitional issues and discusses the relationship between teaching and research. The second section discusses potential…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Research, Educational Practices, Learning