Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

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© 2014 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This comprehensive new introduction to interdisciplinary studies draws on recent advances in the field's burgeoning literature on learning and assessment. It is the first book 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. Its approach is succinct, conceptual, and practical.
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
Author Index
Subject Index


Instructor Teaching Site
The instructor teaching site features:

- Test Bank with more than 100 questions based on Bloom's revised taxonomy of learning behaviors. Questions are useful for a variety of courses, from those oriented to the humanities to those oriented to the natural and social sciences.
Student Study Site
The student study site features:

- Flashcards

This text is comprehensive in approach, yet broken into three major parts that are easy for students to follow and to use to build their own work (I especially like the “learning outcomes” for each chapter). Its strength is that it situates interdisciplinary studies from the perspective of an undergraduate.

Angela Hunter
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

I would recommend this text to others. I find the book has more detail than the text I currently use and seems more appropriate as an introductory text given the level of students I normally teach in this course. It is a comprehensive and needed study of the literature of the field.

Pauline D. Gagnon
University of West Georgia

I am very likely to recommend this book. Our department continues to look for an introductory text that is friendly to undergraduate students, and this might fit the bill. The strengths of the book like in the emphasis on interdisciplinarity as an activity/process, the explanation of historical context, and the combination of theory and practice.

Andrew T. Arroyo
Norfolk State University

This book is comprehensive. The authors provide thoughtful support for the main ideas and ‘unpack’ technical and complex ideas. The use of examples and end of chapter exercises is consistent with learning theory. The integration of cognitive theory into the early chapters is a strength. Similarly, pointing out areas of interdisciplinary work that are contested strengthens the legitimacy of this work.

Jeannie Brown Leonard
George Mason University

clear, short, specific to our program, is one of very few in Interdisciplinary studies.

Dr Stephanie Amedeo-Marquez
BAIS, Northern New Mexico College
February 29, 2016
Key features
  • A focus on different points of view illustrates integration of different insights.
  • Questions and exercises provide both review and extension of key points.
  • Examples throughout the text bring material to life.

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ISBN: 9781452256603