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Center for Integrative Studies

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Center for Integrative Studies

CIS Library 9/9/08

The following publications are available to faculty at the Broome Library circulation desk. They can be checked out for a period of two weeks.

  • Issues in Integrative Studies An Interdisciplinary JournalVarious issues updated as new ones arrive
  • Breaking out of the Box: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Faculty Work - Marilyn J. Amey and Dennis E. Brown. Information Age Publishing, 2004. ISBN-13: 9781593111328

Getting all of your information and collaborators from your department's faculty lounge may be a career-limiting decision. Amey and Brown, both of Michigan State University, give a step-by-step plan for developing interdisciplinary collaboration, from confronting tradition to causing transition and transformation. They also describe the groundwork that must be done, from making sense of collaboration at a personal level to dealing with bureaucracy, working within academic culture, thinking as an interdisciplinary collaborator, and creating effective leadership. The appendix describes research design and methodology. Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

  • Becoming Interdisciplinary: An Introduction to interdisciplinary studies - Tanya Augsburg. Kendall Hunt, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0-7575-2647-3

Provides a scholarly overview of interdisciplinary studies and helps students to recognize themselves as interdisciplinarians. The first published undergraduate introductory textbook in interdisciplinary studies, it introduces students to the importance of interdisciplinary research and problem solving. Also includes seminal texts in interdisciplinary studies

  • Advancing Faculty Learning Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration - Elizabeth Creamer and Lisa Lattuca, Eds. Wiley Periodicals, 2005. ISBN: 0-7879-8070-6

This volume addresses the limitations of an instrumental perspective on collaboration and explores why stakeholders in higher education should refocus attention on collaboration as a source of faculty learning. The chapters establish a theoretical basis for thinking about faculty learning and then use case studies to explore this topic in the context of service or outreach, research, and teaching. Included as well are a meta-analysis of the cases to demonstrate what they teach about contexts that promote faculty learning and a discussion of the implications of the analysis for higher education policy and practice, including the evaluation of collaboratively produced work. The framework and cases are useful to an audience of academic leaders committed to faculty development and to creating hiring, promotion, and tenure policies that reward the full range of scholarly pursuits. They should also prove instructive to faculty embarking on interdisciplinary teaching, research, or outreach activities. This is the 102nd issue of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Teaching and Learning.

  • Interdisciplinary Courses and Team Teaching: New Arrangements for Learning - James R Davis. ORYX, 1995. ISBN: 1-57356-524-5

James Davis offers a realistic and stimulating examination of interdisciplinary theory and practice. In addition to providing specific tips on successful team teaching, the book features information drawn from the professional literature, survey results, and useful examples from the author's personal experience. It also includes a listing of nearly 100 interdisciplinary, team-taught courses currently being offered at colleges and universities throughout North America. Discusses the benefits and pitfalls of interdisciplinary, team- taught courses and offers current information on how to design and conduct them. The last third of the volume describes multidisciplinary courses from colleges and universities throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. The book demonstrates that team teaching, when effectively implemented, is fulfilling for both educator and student.

  • The Knowledge Contract: Politics and Paradigms in the Academic Workplace - David B. Downing, University of Nebraska Press, 2005. ISBN: 0-8032-1730-7

The Knowledge Contract intervenes in the ongoing debates about the changing conditions of higher education in America, with a special focus on English studies and the humanities. This highly original study integrates three crucial concerns: the economic restructuring of higher education, the transformation of disciplinary models of teaching and research, and the rise of the academic labor movement. Whereas most contemporary critiques of higher education have focused on the impact of global economic forces, The Knowledge Contract adds a new dimension to the discussion by addressing the tensions between disciplinary and nondisciplinary forms of academic work. David B. Downing draws on several traditions of scholarship: histories of the university, sociological studies of education, critiques of disciplinary and interdisciplinary forms of work, histories of academic capitalism and the labor movement, and field-specific analyses of the history of English studies. Building on his analysis, Downing develops alternative possibilities to the dominance of disciplinary forms of labor and offers scenarios for creating more equitable working and learning conditions for faculty and students.

  • Innovations in Interdisciplinary Teaching - Carolyn Haynes, Ed. The American Council on Education /ORYX Press ISBN: 1-57356-393-5

Specialists in interdisciplinary studies, either as teachers or administrators, offer advice to new and experienced faculty members teaching a no-trump course, primarily at the undergraduate level. They address such questions as how faculty can best prepare, how to ensure excellence in learning, and the foundational tenets in interdisciplinary teaching.

  • Disciplinary Styles in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Exploring Common Ground - Mary Taylor Huber, Sherwyn P. Morreale, Eds. American Association for Higher Education, 2002. IDBN: 1-56377-052-0

Ten sets of disciplinary scholars respond to an orienting essay that raises questions about the history of discourse about teaching and learning in the disciplines, the ways in which disciplinary "styles" influence inquiry into teaching and learning, and the nature and roles of interdisciplinary exchange. The authors hope to "contribute to a common language for trading ideas, enlarging our pedagogical imaginations, and strengthening our scholarly work." Disciplines represented are: chemistry communication studies, engineering, English studies, history, interdisciplinary studies, management sciences, mathematics, psychology, and sociology. A collaboration of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and AAHE.

  • Crossing Boundaries: Knowledge, Disciplinarities and Interdisciplinarities - Julie Thompson Klein. University Press of Virginia, 1996. ISBN: 0-8139-1679-8

This book is the most comprehensive and rigorous critique of the ways disciplinary boundaries still inhibit knowledge-production and integration. An extended examination of the claims that knowledge is increasingly interdisciplinary and that boundary crossing has become a defining characteristic of our age. The chapter on interdisciplinary studies focuses on urban and environmental studies, border and area studies, women's studies and cultural studies.

  • Humanities, Culture, and Interdisciplinarity: The Changing American Academy - Julie Thompson Klein. State University of New York Press, 2005. ISBN: 0-7914-6578-0

The study of culture in the American academy is not confined to a single field, but is a broad-based set of interests located within and across disciplines. This book investigates the relationship among three major ideas in the American academy - interdisciplinarity, humanities, and culture - and traces the convergence of these ideas from the colonial college to new scholarly developments in the latter half of the the twentieth century. Its aim is twofold: to define the changing relationship of these three ideas and, in the course of doing so, to extend present thinking about the concept of "American cultural studies." The book includes two sets of case studies - the first on the implications of interdisciplinarity for literary studies, art history, and music; the second on the shifting trajectories of American studies, African American studies, and women's studies - and concludes by asking what impact new scholarly practices have had on humanities education, particularly on the undergraduate curriculum.

  • Interdisciplinary Education in K-12 and College; A Foundation for K-16 Dialogue - Julie Thompson Klein, Ed. The College Board Publications, 2002. ISBN: 0-87447-679-8

This volume is the first full-length collection of essays on integrative and interdisciplinary education that bridges the K-16 continuum. Dr. Klein and the other distinguished experts provide basic definitions and terminology and examine guiding principles and current models and practices. Through a wealth of examples, the book offers insights into changes in traditional school subjects and academic disciplines, core curriculum and general education, interdisciplinary fields, and the broader imperatives of problem solving and of the critique of knowledge and education.

  • Interdisciplinarity; History, Theory & Practice - Julie Thompson Klein. Wayne State University Press, 1990. ISBN: 0-8143-2087-2

A milestone in books in Interdisciplinarity. This encyclopedic overview of the interdisciplinary landscape focuses on the nature of Interdisciplinarity, its relationship to disciplines, and its practice in health care and research as well as higher education. In this volume, Julie Klein provides the first comprehensive study of the modern concept of Interdisciplinarity, supplementing her discussion with the most complete bibliography yet compiled on the subject. Spanning the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and professions, her study is a synthesis of existing scholarship on interdisciplinary research, education and health care. Klein argues that any interdisciplinary activity embodies a complex network of historical, social, psychological, political, economic, philosophical, and intellectual factors. Whether the context is a short-ranged instrumentality or a long-range reconceptualization of the way we know and learn, the concept of Interdisciplinarity is an important means of solving problems and answering questions that cannot be satisfactorily addressed using singular methods or approaches.

  • Transdisciplinarity: Joint Problem Solving among Science, Technology and Society - Julie Thompson Klein, Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy, Rudolf Haberlis, Alain Bill, Roland Scholz, Myrta Welti, Eds. Birkhauser Verlag, 2001. ISBN: 3-7643-6248-0

Transdisciplinarity is a new approach to research and problem solving. The core idea is that researchers, practitioners and stakeholders must cooperate in order to address the complex challenges of society. The International Transdisciplinarity Conference, held in Switzerland in early 2000, produced a platform of theory and practice. This book contains definitions, keynote addresses, summaries of sessions and panels, and names recipients of the Swiss Transdisciplinarity Award. Key topics include the nature of Transdisciplinarity, research management, knowledge integration, mutual learning, teamwork and stakeholder involvement, guidelines for good practice, institutional structures, North-South partnerships, and evaluation. The audience includes all disciplinary and interdisciplinary researchers concerned with sustainability and practitioners and stakeholders in a wide variety of areas (energy, natural resources, urban and landscape planning, waste management, biotechnology, health care, and education)...

  • Creating Interdisciplinarity: Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching Among College and University Faculty - Lisa Lattuca. Vanderbilt University Press, 2001. ISBN: 0-8265-1383-2

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 R. Lattuca remedies this confusion with an original conceptualization of interdisciplinarity based on interviews with faculty who practice it. She creates a new definition for interdisciplinarity that focuses on the nature of the inquiry behind the work instead of the degrees of integration across disciplines.

  • Interdisciplinarity - Joe Moran. Routledge, 2002. ISBN: 0-415-25132-X

Since Aristotle, similar areas of study have been segmented into increasingly disparate disciplines, creating the idea of "interdisciplinarity." In this ideal introduction to a hotly contested arena of literary theory, Joe Moran traces the history and use of the daunting term and the rise of interdisciplinary English, literary and cultural studies, and literature, science, space and nature. He also addresses how we use these constantly evolving disciplines to create new forms of knowledge.

  • Interdisciplinarity: Essays from the Literature. - William H. Newell. New York: College Entrance Examination Board, 1998. ISBN: 978-0874476002

This foundational work includes sections on Philosophical Analysis, Administration, Disciplinary Concerns, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, and General Lessons in Interdisciplinary Fields.

  • Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory: Process and Theory - Allen F. Repko. SAGE Publications, 2008. ISBN-13: 9781412959155

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research: Theory and Methods is the first textbook to offer a comprehensive treatment of the interdisciplinary research process for interdisciplinary graduate students writing theses and dissertations and advanced undergraduate students writing capstone projects. Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) programs are rapidly growing in formal degree-granting opportunities across institutions around the world. Further to this, more traditional discipline programs involve integrating multidisciplinary perspectives into their research. Author Allen Repko offers the first concise and guided resource on the most commonly accepted interdisciplinary studies principles as applied to the research process. The text covers topics such as deciding how to choose disciplines relevant to the problem or topic, dealing with disciplinary and ideological bias, making explicit the rationale for taking an interdisciplinary approach, and choosing research methods appropriate to the problem or topic. This text is appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary studies courses that require research projects or cover methods of social inquiry. Programs in cultural studies, women's studies, public administration and policy, criminology, urban affairs, evaluation, and other areas in which an interdisciplinary perspective is often foundational to the curriculum will find this an invaluable course resource to bring together issues and methods of Interdisciplinarity in one comprehensive yet manageable text.

  • Quest: Reading the World and Arguing for Change - Kim Stallings. Pearson Ed, 2007. ISBN: 0-13-111467-0

Quest is a rhetoric, reader, and research guide that teaches students how to inquire deeply into topics that interest them, formulate intelligent positions on the related issues, present powerful arguments to the world around them, and apply the principles to written, visual, and multimedia texts.

Possible Publications for Submission of Works on Interdisciplinary Pedagogy

This list is not exhaustive. It is meant to demonstrate the variety of possible publications that can be reviewed via Broome Library databases and open access sites. I included notes on certain database searches I used which might not be intuitive.

Access through Broome Library databases:

ABI/Inform (ProQuest)
Results from searching Subject “education” AND Citation and abstract “interdisciplin*”

  • American Educational Research Journal
  • Business Communication Quarterly
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Journal of Economic Education
  • Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • Journal of Management Education
  • Multicultural Education & Technology Journal

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
Results from searching Subject Term “INTERDISCIPLINARY approach in education” + “STUDY & teaching”, narrowed by Source Type “Academic Journals”, filtered by Publication Date 2000 - 2008

  • American Biology Teacher
  • Civil Engineering & Environmental Systems
  • Innovations in Education & Teaching International
  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Journal of Latin American Studies

Communication and Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)

  • Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education
  • Business Communication Quarterly
  • Modern Language Journal
  • RSQ: Rhetoric Society Quarterly
  • Studies in Communication Sciences


  • Environmental Education Research
  • Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching
  • Journal of College Science Teaching
  • Journal of Curriculum Studies
  • Planning for Higher Education
  • Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies


  • Family Relations
  • MIS Quarterly
  • NWSA Journal
  • Studies in Art Education
  • TESOL Quarterly

National Teaching and Learning Forum

Philosopher's Index
Results from search on Descriptors (interdisciplinarity, interdisciplinary, pedagogy)

  • Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice
  • Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science
  • Educational Studies
  • Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy
  • Journal of Philosophy of Education

Project Muse
Results from browsing Subject Headings (Interdisciplinary approach in education -- United States):

  • The Journal of General Education
  • The Journal of Higher Education
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
  • New Literary History
  • Pedagogy

Proquest Education Journals (ProQuest)

  • Art Education
  • College Teaching
  • Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education
  • Quality Assurance in Education
  • Teaching Theology and Religion

Sage Journals Online

  • Child Maltreatment
  • International Journal of Music Education
  • Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice
  • Small Group Research
  • Urban Education

Springer Press

  • Educational Psychology Review
  • Innovative Higher Education
  • Journal of Educational Change
  • Research in Science Education
  • Science & Education

Results from searching Subject Phrase “interdiciplinary approach in education”

  • New trends in integrated science teaching
  • Interdisciplinary humanities
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Journal of interdisciplinary education
  • Writing across the curriculum

Additional searching notes:

  • Choose “Advanced Search” if given the option. Entering multiple search terms is much easier in this format.
  • Federated searching (multiple databases at same time) possible with EBSCO, ProQuest. Select the “choose databases” option to view databases available.
  • Browse subject terms or thesaurus (when available) to find additional search terms.

Open Access Publications:

Across the disciplines

Cultural Analysis

Ecology and society

Issues in Integrative Studies (print copies of 2005 & 2006 volumes available in Broome Library reserve holdings)

Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies

Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law


Directory of Open Access Journals

Open Science Directory

Other WWW Resources:

Association for Integrative Studies

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Center for Religion and Civic Culture

Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE)

Learning for Sustainability

New Directions: Science, Humanities, Policy