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Facilitating collaborative interdisciplinary research: exploring process and implications for leisure scholars

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posted on 2024-06-04, 01:28 authored by G Goc Karp, S Houge Mackenzie, JS Son, H Brown, AL Kern
Many institutions encourage interdisciplinary research (IDR) to maximize organizational resources and to develop more practical approaches to address transdisciplinary ‘real world’ issues such as obesity. Leisure researchers have joined fields such as public health and kinesiology to address increased rates of obesity and physical inactivity with the perspective that these issues require integrated cross-disciplinary knowledge. This case study examined the collaborative process throughout an IDR project involving leisure, health education, physical education and STEM education faculty (five members). The major research questions addressed are as follows: (1) What are the synergies, opportunities and/or obstacles identified by faculty throughout the development, implementation and evaluation of the IDR program? (2) What are the implications of these findings for leisure researchers working in IDR? Faculty responded to email questions and surveys and were interviewed individually before and during the planning phase, during the implementation phase and at the end of the study. All data were transcribed and analyzed inductively, relying on the constant comparative method, with triangulation within and across different data types and member checks. Themes relating to synergies, constraints, understanding of collaborative processes and interdisciplinary knowledge were identified.

History

Journal

Leisure/loisir

Volume

40

Pagination

201-223

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1492-7713

eISSN

2151-2221

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Canadian Association for Leisure Studies / Association canadienne d’études en loisir

Issue

2

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

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