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Quality of Interdiscplinary Work

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Semi-structured interview guide to assess the quality of interdisciplinary work. Three epistemic criteria are used to assess interdisciplinary work: (1) the degree to which new insights relate to antecedent disciplinary knowledge in multiple disciplines involved, (2) the sensible balance reached in weaving disciplinary perspectives together, and (3) the effectiveness with which the integration of disciplines advances understanding and inquiry.

Veronica Boix Mansilla, PhD, Principal Investigator at Harvard Interdisciplinary Studies Project, Project Zero, Harvard University

Is this tool available publicly? Yes - free

Measure Type:

Interview guide

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science

Tag to Construct:

  • Cross-disciplinary Integration

Relevant Toolkit Keywords:

interdisciplinary work, quality of work, semi-structured interview, multiple disciplines, interview

Brief description of procedure/scoring method:

The interview protocol covered organizational, social, and intellectual dimensions of interdisciplinary work. A considerable portion was dedicated to quality assessment, a central area of concern in the original study. Also in the original study, a content analysis of the data under each category enabled further grouping of claims into 17 initially tenable new categories representing indicators of quality interdisciplinary work.

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Resource created by Janet Okamoto on 3/24/2011 4:34:29 PM.

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