Join us for another thought-provoking discussion @ the Salon! Dr. Arsev Aydinoglu, a social scientist at the NASA Astrobiology Institute will be leading the discussion!
When: 9/7/2012 @ 4:30 PM US Eastern
Where: http://saganet.org/group/s-a-g-a-n-salon (to join click on 'Salon Chat' on the lower left)
Here is Arsev's synopsis for the discussion:
Many would argue that astrobiology research is interdisciplinary. Is it? And what does 'interdisciplinary' actually mean? What about the education side of it? Is interdisciplinary education a real thing or bogus? Let's challenge some of the things that we take for granted regarding interdisciplinarity. I am hoping to have a discussion on interdisciplinarity in astrobiology research and education using Rosenfield's taxonomy. I do not know the answers to the questions below but I am sure we will have a great time discussing them on S.A.G.A.N. Salon.
-Where does the current astrobiology research operate: multi-, inter-, or transdisciplinary?
-Where it should be?
-How can we train the next generation of researchers who want to conduct interdisciplinary research?
-Does interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs have a value?
-What are the barriers to and facilitators of interdisciplinary research?
Rosenfields taxonomy (1992):
Unidisciplinarity: Researcher(s) are from a single discipline, may work together.
Multidisciplinarity: Researchers are from different disciplines and they work independently or sequentially. Each has own disciplinary perspective.
Interdisciplinarity: Researchers are from different disciplines and they work jointly. Each stays anchored in own field but results demonstrate some integration of diverse disciplines.
Transdisciplinarity: Researchers are from different disciplines and they work jointly to create a shared conceptual framework. This moves beyond discipline-specific theories, concepts, and approaches.