Two central challenges that arise in an introduction to interdisciplinarity module (and responses to them)

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    Abstract

    In this article, I will discuss two important challenges that appear in a module designed to introduce undergraduates to interdisciplinarity by following the research process set out in Allen F. Repko and Rick Szostak’s (2021) Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory. The first challenge is the heavy burden placed on students to develop adequacy in disciplines with which they might be unfamiliar, in addition to learning a new research process and the advanced skills involved in integration. The second challenge is the late appearance, in the process, of creating the common ground; this is arguably the most difficult Step and without it integration is not possible; however, in Repko and Szostak’s (2021) process, it is the eighth step out of ten, and therefore appears later on in a module. Both challenges indicate the demanding nature of this research process, which seems – to begin with, at least – to be incompatible with an introductory module.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)69-80
    Number of pages11
    JournalIssues in Interdisciplinary Studies
    Volume40
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2022

    Keywords

    • interdisciplinarity
    • Szostak
    • Student-centred,
    • Repko
    • Undergraduate

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