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Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research

Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research

February 2011 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Self-contained case studies teach students best practices in interdisciplinary research

Interdisciplinary research is a burgeoning field, largely due to its ability to tackle complex problems facing humanity that extend beyond a single disciplinary perspective and require interdisciplinary thinking and research for their resolution.

Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research successfully applies the model of the interdisciplinary research process outlined by author Allen F. Repko in Interdisciplinary Research, (SAGE ©2008) to a wide spectrum of challenging research questions. Self-contained case studies, written by leaders in interdisciplinary research, and utilizing best-practice techniques in conducting interdisciplinary research shows students how to apply the interdisciplinary research process to a variety of problems.

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Part I. Introduction
Rick Szostak
Chapter 1. The Interdisciplinary Research Process
Rick Szostak

Part II. Drawing on Disciplinary Insights
Chapter 2. Jewish Marriage as an Expression of Israel's Conflicted Identity
Marilyn R. Tayler

Michan Andrew Connor
Chapter 3. The Metropolitan Problem in Interdisciplinary Perspective
Michan Andrew Connor

Mieke Bal
Chatper 4. Mektoub: When Art Meets History, Philosophy, and Linguistics
Mieke Bal

Part III. Approaches to Integration
Chapter 5. Integrating Theory-Based Insights on the Causes of Suicide Terrorism
Allen F. Repko

Rick Szostak
Chapter 6. An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Causes of Economic Growth
Rick Szostak

Chapter 7. Why We Talk: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Evolutionary Origin of Language
Ria van der Lecq

Machiel Keestra
Chapter 8. Understanding Human Action: Integrating Meanings, Mechanisms, Causes, and Contexts
Machiel Keestra

Stuart Henry and Nicole L. Bracy
Chapter 9. Integrative Theory in Criminology Applied to the Complex Social Problem of School Violence
Stuart Henry and Nicole L. Bracy

Julie Thompson Klein
Chapter 10. Research Integration: A Comparative Knowledge Base
Julie Thompson Klein

William H. Newell

Author Index
Subject Index

Interesting text in that it is really more or less an analysis/exploration of several case studies, each of which provides a different lens by which to view how one wishes to proceed in an interdisciplinary approach to conducting case studies. A great read in of itself, but not a "text book" per se, at least not in the way that I require. Still, very informative.

Mr Lukas Kane Skulmoski
Vocational Education , Okanagan College-Kelowna
August 31, 2016

Case studies are appropriate and a "hands-on" way to demonstrate theory and method in interdisciplinary research today.

Humanities Fine Arts Dept, Front Range Community College
December 11, 2014

Prefer Repko's Methods text as it covers foundation for all students. This text is level above what my students can "digest".

Dr Sara Northerner
Interdisciplinary Studies Dept, Western Kentucky University
September 17, 2013

This compliments Repko's earlier book Interdisciplinary Research and provides examples that demonstrates the interconnectedness of using multiple disciplines in Leadership..

Professor Carol Nepton
Doctor of Arts Program, Franklin Pierce University
March 30, 2011
Key features

Key Features

  • This text offers numerous case studies on assorted topics, from suicide terrorism to art appreciation to economic growth
  • Each of the case studies demonstrates diverse, flexible, and critical approaches to applying the research model

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