Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies Volume 10 (1992)

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    Arguing for the Rainforest: High-Tech Topoi and the Value(s) of a Database
    (Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 1992) Bailis, Stanley; Gottlieb, Stephen; Klein, Julie Thompson; Fiscella, Joan
    When the World Bank created its Environment Department, no institutional mechanism existed to create, collect, or disseminate environmental information that had accumulated in the Bank. Considering the ethical and political dimensions of environmental information, designers of an environmental database began to conceive it as a source for arguments rather than as a storehouse of data. Conceived in terms of argument, the database was developed in light of rhetorical principles that recognized that "factual" and "objective" knowledge shifts radically in destabilized contexts and is inseparable from values and beliefs.
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    Toward a Taxonomy of an Interdisciplinary Area: The Case of Technical Communication
    (Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 1992) Bailis, Stanley; Gottlieb, Stephen; Klein, Julie Thompson; Fiscella, Joan
    Although an interdisciplinary program derives strength from its abilily to gain insights from a variety of disciplines, these same multiple disciplines hinder the development of common terminology necessary for advancing research in the field. Technical communication began as a practitioner-dominated field but recently academic programs have started to add the theoretical and research base. As an interdisciplinary field, technical communication benefits from research in art, cognitive psychology, computer science, education, engineering, English, graphics, and rhetoric. Howcver, the lack of a dominant academic discipline has fragmented the development of a coherent discipline; likewise, lack of clear definitions and common terminology hinders the research and theory development of the field. Building a taxonomy for technical communication will help researchers benefit from the multidisciplinary input into the field. The basis for such a taxonomy begins with a Theoretical Model of Technical Communication, then continues with a Framework for a Taxonomy based on the model.
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    Creating an Image Bank for Teaching World Religion: Challenging and Reifying Structures of Knowledge
    (Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 1992) Bailis, Stanley; Gottlieb, Stephen A.; Klein, Julie Thompson; Fiscella, Joan
    Creating an indexed set of slides for teaching the academic study of religion reveals how existing structures of power/ knowledge shape the frameworks from which new knowledge emerges, and how that knowledge may affect those structures. Although cultural, political and personal history impinge upon every aspect of the project, the data and the challenge of organizing them reveal meaningful world-experiences that lie outside the capacity of our knowledge structures, tending to transform or destabilize them.
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    The Materiality of Informatics
    (Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 1992) Bailis, Stanley; Gottlieb, Stephen; Klein, Julie Thompson; Fiscella, Joan
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    Introduction
    (Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 1992) Bailis, Stanley; Gottlieb, Stephen A.; Klein, Julie Thompson; Fiscella, Joan B.
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    How Libraries Cope with Interdisciplinarity: The Case of Women's Studies
    (Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 1992) Bailis, Stanley; Gottlieb, Stephen; Klein, Julie Thompson; Fiscella, Joan
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    The Archival Information System as a Model for Retrieval of Interdisciplinary Materials
    (Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 1992) Bailis, Stanley; Gottlieb, Stephen; Klein, Julie Thompson; Fiscella, Joan