Interdisciplinarity: A Critical Assessment

Interdisciplinarity: A Critical Assessment

by Jerry A. Jacobs

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Overview

This article draws together disparate research and theorizing on interdisciplinarity. We first describe widespread efforts to promote interdisciplinarity in U.S. universities and critically examine the assumptions underlying these initiatives. Next, we present a cross-sectional view of interdisciplinary communication, knowledge diffusion, research assessment, and interdisciplinary research centers. We then describe research and theories that provide historical perspectives on the disciplinary system, interdiscipline formation, applied and professional fields, and institutional fragmentation. We present original findings on the prevalence of research centers, faculty hiring patterns in hybrid fields, and the diffusion of research across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The review concludes with a critical summary and suggestions for future research.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013423985
Publisher: Annual Reviews
Publication date: 09/15/2011
Series: Annual Review of Sociology , #35
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 22
File size: 6 MB

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