Read online or download a free book: Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research
Publisher: National Academies Press (19 Nov. 2004)
By: Committee on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research (Author), Engineering and Public Policy Committee on Science (Author), National Academy of Sciences (Author), Policy and Global Affairs (Author), National Academy of Engineering (Author), Institute of Medicine (Author) 3 more
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Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research examines current interdisciplinary research efforts and recommends ways to stimulate and support such research. Advances in science and engineering increasingly require the collaboration of scholars from various fields. This shift is driven by the need to address complex problems that cut across traditional disciplines, and the capacity of new technologies to both transform existing disciplines and generate new ones. At the same time, however, interdisciplinary research can be impeded by policies on hiring, promotion, tenure, proposal review, and resource allocation that favor traditional disciplines. This report identifies steps that researchers, teachers, students, institutions, funding organizations, and disciplinary societies can take to more effectively conduct, facilitate, and evaluate interdisciplinary research programs and projects. Throughout the report key concepts are illustrated with case studies and results of the committeea (TM)s surveys of individual researchers and university provosts.
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