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Afterword: the emergent literature on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research evaluation

Julie Thompson Klein

in Research Evaluation

Volume 15, issue 1, pages 75-80
Published in print April 2006 | ISSN: 0958-2029
Published online April 2006 | e-ISSN: 1471-5449 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3152/147154406781776011
Afterword: the emergent literature on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research evaluation

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The complexity of evaluating interdisciplinary (ID) and transdisciplinary (TD) research defies a single standard. Yet, common elements appear in the emergent literature. Five overriding themes stand out. (1) Quality is a relative concept, driven by variability of goals and criteria. (2) A coaching model of evaluation nurtures the research process. (3) Integration is central to the process. (4) Social and cognitive factors interact, requiring management of information and decision-making. (5) The need for change in peer review has led to a variety of strategies. ID and TD evaluation is a generative activity that entails acts of “capitalizing” and “harvesting” expertise while “calibrating” standards to produce new “cultures of evidence”.

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Subjects: Research Methods ; Biological Sciences ; Knowledge Management ; Social Research and Statistics

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