Interdisciplinarity: History, Theory, and Practice

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Wayne State University Press, 1990 - Education - 331 pages
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In this volume, Julie Klein provides the first comprehensive study of the modern concept of interdisciplinarity, supplementing her discussion with the most complete bibliography yet compiled on the subject. Spanning the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and professions, her study is a synthesis of existing scholarship on interdisciplinary research, education and health care.

Klein argues that any interdisciplinary activity embodies a complex network of historical, social, psychological, political, economic, philosophical, and intellectual factors. Whether the context is a short-ranged instrumentality or a long-range reconceptualization of the way we know and learn, the concept of interdisciplinarity is an important means of solving problems and answering questions that cannot be satisfactorily addressed using singular methods or approaches.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
The Evolution of Interdisciplinary
19
The Interdisciplinary Archipelago
40
An Interdisciplinary Lexicon
55
The Rhetoric of Interdisciplinary
77
Borrowing
85
The Critique of Limitation
95
The Disciplinary Paradox
104
Problemfocused Research
121
Interdisciplinary Care
140
The Integrative Core
182
Notes
197
Introduction
231
Index
326
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Julie T. Klein is a professor of humanities at Wayne State University and former president of the Association for Integrative Studies. A Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, she is the author of a book on the playwright John Gay and has had an umber of articles published in scholarly journals.

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