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The Toolbox Project is intended to provide a philosophical yet practical enhancement to cross-disciplinary, collaborative science. Rooted in philosophical analysis, Toolbox workshops enable cross-disciplinary collaborators to engage in a structured dialogue about their research assumptions. This yields both self-awareness and mutual understanding, supplying CDR collaborators with the robust foundation needed for effective collaborative research. Based on the principles set forth in Eigenbrode et al (2007) and other sources, we offer facilitated workshops based on the Toolbox to help your team examine the dimensions of its collaboration and communication from a philosophical perspective. These workshops require some preparation and 2.5-3 hours of committed time by team members. We provide a summary of team member responses to the Toolbox, a transcript of the workshop, and an analysis of the workshop experience with suggestions of how to apply what has been learned in ongoing activities of the team and its project. If you are interested in participating in a Toolbox workshop, we will come to you! At your convenience, we will conduct workshops based on the Toolbox for one or more teams from within your project. There are two workshop models: the full workshop and the introductory workshop. *** URL: ***

University of Idaho, Boise State University, University of Alaska, Anchorag

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knowledge integration


facilitated workshops, cross-disciplinary research teams, interdisciplinary research, dialog, language barriers, disciplinary diversity, diversity, knowledge integration, communication, collaboration

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  • Enhance team performance, interactions, and attitudes
  • Provide institutional support for team science
  • Provide training for team science to team members or students
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science


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Resource created by Janet Okamoto on 3/22/2011 1:43:33 PM.

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