Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
- Allen F. Repko - University of Texas at Arlington (Retired)
- Rick Szostak - University of Alberta, Canada
- Michelle Phillips Buchberger - Miami University of Ohio, USA
New to the Third Edition are guiding questions at the start of each chapter, a discussion of the public policy issue of "basic income" as an example at the end of each chapter, application of interdisciplinary techniques in daily life, enhanced discussion of ethical decision-making, and updated examples and references throughout.
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Written clearly and concisely, this book should be welcomed by instructors and students alike. Filled with “real world” examples on most every page, this user-friendly book is the blueprint for understanding interdisciplinary research.
The new edition continues to offer the most comprehensive foundation for understanding key concepts in interdisciplinary studies with both a scholarly and practical approach. Students also have opportunities to build their own ‘cognitive toolkits’ through applications and exercises. A welcome addition includes a threaded example demonstrating interdisciplinary thinking in action.
This textbook is a great guidance tool for teaching the value of interdisciplinary scholarship and a method for the integration of disciplines, perspectives and ideas. The text is useful for instructors and students in finding a pedagogical plan toward interdisciplinary study and research. The third edition offers improved clarity and examples to important sections. It provides a deeper explanation of the history and ethics applied to interdisciplinary analysis.
The third edition has clear language, well-constructed figures, and photographs. The textbook provides excellent cases, research, and examples for student learning that will garner student interest and engagement, particularly the discussion on basic income in each chapter. The variety of application exercises and discussion prompts not only give students the opportunity to practice critical thinking, self-reflection, and improve their metacognitive skills but also allow for flexibility for the instructor.
Repko, Szostak, and Buchberger have revised Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies in such a way that makes this text so much more meaningful and useful for the professor and the student. The end of chapter critical thinking and application exercises were a highlight of the previous text, but the new revised edition even adds more ideas and application scenarios that are extremely thought provoking. As one introductory interdisciplinary student exclaimed last semester, “Why isn’t all of education like this?”