How to Do Interdisciplinarity: Integrating the Debate
Association for Interdisciplinary Studies
This paper develops a twelve-step process for interdisciplinary research. While individual researchers cannot be expected to follow all of these steps in every research project, the process alerts them to the dangers of omitting steps. Moreover, communities of interdisciplinary researchers should ensure that all steps are followed. The process draws upon earlier efforts by William (Bill) Newell and Julie Thompson Klein. It also draws inductively upon the debate concerning Newell’s theory of interdisciplinarity in the last issue of this journal; all of the concerns raised during that debate find a place in this process. Finally, the paper illustrates how several classifications developed by the author facilitate interdisciplinary research.
Szostak, Rick. "How to Do Interdisciplinarity: Integrating the Debate." Issues in Integrative Studies 20 (2002): 103-122.