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Interdisciplinarity, a favorite buzzword of faculty and administrators, has been appropriated to describe so many academic pursuits that it is virtually meaningless. With a writing style that is accessible, fluid, and engaging, Lisa Lattuca remedies this confusion with an original conceptualization of interdisciplinarity based on interviews with faculty who are engaged in its practice. Whether exploring the connections between apparently related disciplines, such as English and women's studies, or such seemingly disparate fields as economics and theology, Lattuca moves away from previous definitions based on the degrees of integration across disciplines and instead focuses on the nature of the inquiry behind the work. She organizes her findings around the processes through which faculty pursue interdisciplinarity, the contexts (institutional, departmental, and disciplinary) in which faculty are working, and the ways in which those contexts relate to and affect the interdisciplinary work. Her findings result in useful suggestions for individuals concerned with the meaning of faculty work, the role and impact of disciplines in academe today, and the kinds of issues that should guide the evaluation of faculty scholarship.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. Considering Interdisciplinarity
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. Disciplining Knowledge
  2. pp. 23-54
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  1. 3. Profiling Interdisciplinarity
  2. pp. 55-77
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  1. 4. Constructing Interdisciplinarity
  2. pp. 78-118
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  1. 5. Pursuing Interdisciplinarity: Research and Teaching Processes
  2. pp. 119-168
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  1. 6. Abiding Interdisciplinarity: The Impact of Academic Contexts
  2. pp. 168-209
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  1. 7. Tracing Interdisciplinarity: Scholarly Outcomes
  2. pp. 210-242
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  1. 8. Realizing Interdisciplinarity
  2. pp. 243-266
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  1. Appendix: Study Design and Conduct
  2. pp. 267-276
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 277-288
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-296
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780826591364
Related ISBN
9780826513670
MARC Record
OCLC
50321262
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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