Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores the connections between the complementary but distinct literatures on interdisciplinarity or transdisciplinarity and on multimethod and mixed methods research (MMMR). These literatures reflect similar motivations and challenges. After defining interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity, the chapter explores the insights that MMMR researchers might draw from the literatures on interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity. Several techniques and strategies developed in those literatures, as well as their shared emphasis on disciplinary perspective, could usefully inform MMMR. The literatures on interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity also explore epistemological issues and identify attitudes conducive to interdisciplinary research; these too are shown to be applicable to MMMR. Comparisons with the literature on epistemological approaches to MMMR are drawn. The chapter encourages a closer collaboration between scholars of interdisciplinarity or transdisciplinarity and scholars of multimethod and mixed methods research.
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