Interdisciplinary Research: Diverse Approaches in Science, Technology, Health and Society

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An important book by researchers from across disciplines introducing varying ideas on research, important in these days of inter-disciplinary and multi-centered investigation.

The book introduces academics to new areas of endeavour and encourages researchers and students to think broadly when devising their studies. Linking chapters present the contributions in an historical and theoretical context, identifying the themes between the approaches, and encourages new thinking about old problems. Includes contributions from leading researchers across the quantitative-qualitative spectrum, from marine biology to spirituality.

With funding under increasing pressure, the different views will help departments form new alliances and encourage interdisciplinary working.

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Edited by John Atkinson, Associate Dean, University of Paisley, UK and

Professor Malcolm Crowe, Associate Dean, University of Paisley, UK

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Nov 2, 2006
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Pages
262
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ISBN
9780470029473
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Language
English
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Medical / Critical Care
Medical / Nursing / Research & Theory
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