Interdisciplinary Collaboration: An Emerging Cognitive Science

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: An Emerging Cognitive Science

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: An Emerging Cognitive Science

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: An Emerging Cognitive Science

Synopsis

Interdisciplinary Collaboration calls attention to a serious need to study the problems and processes of interdisciplinary inquiry, to reflect on the current state of scientific knowledge regarding interdisciplinary collaboration, and to encourage research that studies interdisciplinary cognition in relation to the ecological contexts in which it occurs. It contains reflections and research on interdisciplinarity found in a number of different contexts by practitioners and scientists from a number of disciplines and several chapters represent attempts by cognitive scientists to look critically at the cognitive science enterprise itself.

Representing all of the seven disciplines listed in the official logo of the Cognitive Science Society and its journal--anthropology, artificial intelligence, education, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology--this book is divided into three parts:

• Part I sets the stage by providing three broad overviews of literature and theory on interdisciplinary research and education.

• Part II examines varied forms of interdisciplinarity in situ rather than the more traditional macrolevel interview or survey approaches to studying group work.

• Part III consists of noted cognitive scientists who reflect on their experiences and turn the analytical lenses of their own disciplines to the critical examination of cognitive science itself as a case study in interdisciplinary collaboration.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration is intended for scholars at the graduate level and beyond in cognitive science and education.

Excerpt

In this volume, we call attention to a serious need to study the problems and processes of interdisciplinary inquiry, to reflect on the current state of scientific knowledge regarding interdisciplinary collaboration, and to encourage research that studies interdisciplinary cognition in relation to the ecological contexts in which it occurs. Relatively little has been written about interdisciplinary work, education, and research as objects of empirical and theoretical research. This volume helps fill this gap. It contains reflections and research on interdisciplinarity found in a number of different contexts by practitioners and scientists from a number of disciplines. Several contributors to this volume, including its editors, have been allied with a 25-year-old interdisciplinary enterprise—cognitive science—a field that attempts to promote cross-disciplinary integration of concepts, methods, epistemologies, language, data, and infrastructures for research and education on cognition. Several chapters represent attempts by cognitive scientists to look critically at the cognitive science enterprise itself. All of the seven disciplines listed in the official logo of the Cognitive Science Society and its journal—anthropology, artificial intelligence, education, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology—are represented. We believe that the experience of those involved in cognitive science, as well as the theoretical and empirical base of cognitive science broadly defined, can shed significant light on the nature and complexity of interdisciplinary work.

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