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Motivations for doing interdisciplinary research: Results from an Australian qualitative study

Shrimpton, Bradley and Astbury, Brad 2011, Motivations for doing interdisciplinary research: Results from an Australian qualitative study, International journal of interdisciplinary social sciences, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 195-206.

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Title Motivations for doing interdisciplinary research: Results from an Australian qualitative study
Author(s) Shrimpton, Bradley
Astbury, Brad
Journal name International journal of interdisciplinary social sciences
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 195
End page 206
Total pages 12
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Champaign, Il.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1833-1882
Keyword(s) interdisciplinary
multidisciplinary
motives
influences
barriers
Summary While the literature provides a strong conceptual justification for Interdisciplinary Research (for example: Klein 1990, 1996; Sherif & Sherif, 1969) and a number of studies document the benefits and challenges of such studies (such as: Slatin, Galizzi, Melillo & Mawn 2004; Rhoten, 2004; Lynch 2006; Jacobs & Frickel 2009), there are surprisingly few empirical analyses of the reasons why individual researchers become involved in Interdisciplinary Research projects. Responding to this gap in the extant literature, the current study was undertaken to identify individual influences and motivations for participating in Interdisciplinary Research projects. In this paper we report findings that emerged from 30 interviews with researchers from a wide range of disciplines, as well as different stage of career, on the major reasons why they are drawn to Interdisciplinary Research. As part of the paper we also report the extent to which participants agreed or disagreed with a variety of pitfalls identified in the literature as potential impediments or deterrents to individuals becoming involved in Interdisciplinary studies.
Language eng
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Common Ground Publishing
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