Three problems of interdisciplinarity

Russell, Yvan I. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4608-4791 (2022) Three problems of interdisciplinarity. Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies, 13 (1) . pp. 1-19. ISSN 2082-7598 [Article] (doi:10.26913/avant)

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Abstract

Interdisciplinarity is widely promulgated as beneficial to science and society. However, there are three quite serious problems which can limit the success of any interdisciplinary research collaboration. The first problem is expertise (it takes years of effort to cultivate a deep knowledge of even one discipline). The second problem is comprehensibility (experts in different disciplines do not reliably understand each other). The third problem is service (in a given interdisciplinary endeavour, it often occurs that one discipline benefits and the other discipline does not benefit). This essay is an elaboration of these three problems. Parallels are drawn between translation between languages and translation between disciplines.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 35568
Notes on copyright: Three Problems of Interdisciplinarity, Avant, Vol. XIII, No. 1, published under license CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
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Depositing User: Yvan Russell
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2022 09:47
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2022 09:47
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/35568

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