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Training the next generation of transdisciplinarians

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Stokols D. Training the next generation of transdisciplinarians. ln: O’Rourke M, Crowley S., Eigenbrode, S., Wulfhorst J., eds. Enhancing communication and collaboration in interdisciplinary research. New York, New York: Oxford University Press; 2014:56-74.

Team members’ capacity for cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration can be enhanced through a variety of training strategies, ranging from short-term, project-specific approaches (e.g., team science training workshops, collaborative readiness audits, etc.) to longer term modalities (e.g., college curricula, experiential learning, graduate and postgraduate internships incorporating multiple mentors from different fields) that occur over the course of an individual’s career development, and are designed to cultivate an enduring transdisciplinary (TD) intellectual orientation. This paper addresses the developmental phases and core attitudes, beliefs, values, cognitive skills, and behaviors underlying the cultivation of a scholar’s TD orientation. Examples of curricular strategies designed to promote a TD orientation among undergraduate and graduate students within the School of Social Ecology at UC Irvine, and to enable them to collaborate more effectively as members of ongoing and future TD research teams, are presented. Efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of these training strategies also are discussed.

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Team science, transdisciplinary

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  • Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts

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Resource created by David Garner on 6/12/2013 7:40:46 PM.

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