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Enhancing Communication & Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research

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July 2013 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Enhancing Communication & Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research, edited by  Michael O'Rourke, Stephen Crowley, Sanford D. Eigenbrode, and J. D. Wulfhorst, is a volume of previously unpublished, state-of-the-art chapters on interdisciplinary communication and collaboration written by leading figures and promising junior scholars in the world of interdisciplinary research, education, and administration. Designed to inform both teaching and research, this innovative book covers the spectrum of interdisciplinary activity, offering a timely emphasis on collaborative interdisciplinary work. The book’s four main parts focus on theoretical perspectives, case studies, communication tools, and institutional perspectives, while a final chapter ties together the various strands that emerge in the book and defines trend-lines and future research questions for those conducting work on interdisciplinary communication.
 
Chapter 1. Introduction
 
Chapter 2. Communication and Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research
Rick Szostak
Chapter 3. Communicating Complex Concepts
 
Chapter 4. Conceptual Barriers to Interdisciplinary Communication
 
Chapter 5. Three Distinctions about Knowledge and Their Relevance to the Toolbox Approach to Cross-Disciplinary Research
 
Chapter 6. The Experience of the Tacit
 
Chapter 7. The Limits of Knowledge
 
Chapter 8. Cross- Disciplinary Collaboration in Ecology and Environmental Science
 
Chapter 9. Interdisciplinary Communication Challenges in a Major Programme's Synthesis Phase: The QUEST Experience
 
Chapter 10. Enhancing Interdisciplinary Communication: Collaborative Engaged Research on Food Systems for Health and Well-being
 
Chapter 11. Discourse Communities, Disconnects, and Digital Media: The Case of Relocalizing Economics for Sustainable Agriculture and Energy Systems
Daniel Stokols
Chapter 12. Training the Next Generation of Transdisciplinarians
 
Chapter 13. Toolbox Project: Seeing through the Eyes of Collaborators: How to Run a Toolbox Workshop
 
Chapter 14. Integration of Frameworks, Theories, and Models across Disciplines for Effective Cross-Disciplinary Communication
 
Chapter 15. Modeling as a Tool for Cross-Disciplinary Communication in Solving Environmental Problems
 
Chapter 16. Interdisciplinarity as a Design Problem: Toward Mutual Intelligibility Among Disciplines in the American Research University
 
Chapter 17. Defining 21st Century Land Grant Universities through Cross-Disciplinary Research
 
Chapter 18. Lasting Change at Institutions with NSF IGERT Funding
 
Chapter 19. Practical Considerations of Successful Team Interaction and Communication
 
Chapter 20. From Toolbox to Big Science Project: A Bold Proposal and Proof-of-Concept
Stephen Crowley, Sanford D. Eigenbrode, Michael O'Rourke, & J. D. Wulfhorst
Chapter 1. Introduction
Julie Thompson Klein
Chapter 2. Communication and Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research
 
Part I. Theory
Rick Szostak
Chapter 3. Communicating Complex Concepts
Daniel Stokols
Chapter 4. Training the Next Generation of Transdisciplinarians
David A. Stone
Chapter 5. Beyond Common Ground: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Interdisciplinary Communication and Collaboration
Robert Frodeman
Chapter 6. Interdisciplinarity, Communication, and the Limits of Knowledge
 
Part II. Case Studies
Sarah E. Cornell & Jenneth Parker
Chapter 7. Rising to the Synthesis Challenge in Big-program Interdisciplinary Science: The QUEST Experience
Ardyth H. Gillespie & Guan-Jen Sung
Chapter 8. Enhancing Interdisciplinary Communication: Collaborative Engaged Research on Food Systems for Health and Well-being
Casey Hoy, Ross MacDonald, Benson Lee, & Steve Bosserman
Chapter 9. Discourse Communities, Disconnects, and Digital Media: The Case of Relocalizing Economies for Sustainable Agriculture and Energy Systems
Paul E. Griffiths & Karola Stotz
Chapter 10. Conceptual Barriers to Interdisciplinary Communication: When Does Ambiguity Matter?
 
Part III. Tools
Chris Looney, Shannon Donovan, Michael O'Rourke, Stephen Crowley, Sanford D. Eigenbrode, Liela Rotschy, Nilsa A. Bosque-Perez, & J. D. Wulfhorst
Chapter 11. Seeing through the Eyes of Collaborators: Using Toolbox Workshops to Enhance Cross-Disciplinary Communication
Wayde C. Morse
Chapter 12. Integration of Frameworks, Theories, and Models across Disciplines for Effective Cross-Disciplinary Communication
Laura Schmitt Olabisi, Stuart Blythe, Arika Ligmann-Zielinska, & Sandra Marquart-Pyatt
Chapter 13. Modeling as a Tool for Cross-Disciplinary Communication in Solving Environmental Problems
 
Part IV. Contexts
Michael M. Crow & William B. Dabars
Chapter 14. Interdisciplinarity as a Design Problem: Toward Mutual Intelligibility among Academic Disciplines in the American Research University
M. Duane Nellis
Chapter 15. Defining 21st Century Land-Grant Universities through Cross-Disciplinary Research
Maura Borrego, Daniel Boden, David Pietrocola, Carol F. Stoel, Richard D. Boone, & Melur K. Ramasubramanian
Chapter 16. Institutionalizing Interdisciplinary Graduate Education
L. Michelle Bennett & Howard Gadlin
Chapter 17. Supporting Interdisciplinary Collaboration: The Role of the Institution
 
Part V. Conclusion
Gabriele Bammer
Chapter 18. From Toolbox to Big Science Project: A Bold Proposal

"This book integrates a number of issues within interdisciplinary studies in new and interesting ways.  It makes highly theoretical material accessible with an engaging style that is scholarly without being stuffy.  The author is clearly well versed in science, philosophy, and higher education and achieves a balance across that learning. One of its great strengths is its explanations of very complex theoretical issues in language that it is possible for a well-educated person to understand without a disciplinary background in philosophy.” 

Betsy Greenleaf Yarrison
University of Baltimore

“The breadth is one of its strengths. There are a large number of approaches that include analysis of quantitative data, very detailed case studies, philosophical analysis, perspectives of administration and organization of universities, and collaborations between researchers and community members outside academia, just to name a few. These varied approaches force readers to think beyond the perhaps narrow aspects of interdisciplinary communication that affect their own research or teaching or programs. That is a welcome challenge.”

Angela Hunter
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

“The text is extensively researched and well organized.  The author/authors have also managed to bring in historical elements in higher education, as well as current thinking in the field.”

Dr. Gladys Palma de Schrynemakers
Long Island University Brooklyn Campus

Too high level for my students

Dr Sandra Handwerk
public administration, Albany State University
January 7, 2015

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Michael R. O'Rourke

Michael O’Rourke is Professor of Philosophy and faculty in AgBioResearch at Michigan State University. His research interests include environmental philosophy, the nature of epistemic integration and communication in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, and the nature of linguistic communication between intelligent agents. He is Director of the Toolbox Project, an NSF-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research. He was principal investigator on the NSF-funded project, "Improving Communication in Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration" (SES-0823058), which extended the... More About Author

Stephen J. Crowley

Stephen Crowley is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Boise State University. He is a graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington) where he was part of a rich inter-disciplinary community (philosophers, computer scientists, psychologists, and biologists) working on issues in animal cognition. He was also a founding member of the Indiana University Philosophy Departments’ Empirical Epistemology Laboratory – a group focused on applying methods from the social sciences to issues within the theory of knowledge in particular as well as philosophy more generally. Since arriving at Boise State, Stephen, while continuing to work on providing... More About Author

Sanford D. Eigenbrode

Sanford Eigenbrode is Professor and Chair of Entomology at the University of Idaho. He received a BS in biology, an MS in Natural Resources and a PhD in Entomology from Cornell University. Sanford conducts research on chemical ecology of insect-plant and multi-trophic interactions. He has expertise in host plant resistance, natural products chemistry, scanning electron microscopy, and integration of host plant resistance into insect pest management. Recently, he has focused on the chemical ecology, landscape ecology and management of insect-vectored viruses of wheat, potatoes and legumes. He is director of an AFRI RAMP project on legume... More About Author

Jeffry Dean Wulfhorst

J.D. Wulfhorst is Professor of Rural Sociology and Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Social Science Research Unit (SSRU) at the University of Idaho. He received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Appalachian State University, an MS in Sociology from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD in Rural Sociology from Utah State University. He has expertise in risk perceptions, constraints to adoption of technology in farm systems, conflict in rangeland management, and the negotiated order(s) of natural resource management. Recently, he has begun work in the area of climate science related to agricultural systems, societal adaptation, and... More About Author

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