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In Defense of Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Specialization in the Research University

Jerry A. Jacobs


Jacobs raises questions about the increasing popularity of concept of interdisciplinarity, which is becoming a powerful force in American higher education. Reformers assert that blurring the boundaries between traditional disciplines would promote more rapid advances in research, more useful solutions to complex public problems, and more effective teaching and learning. Jacobs maintains that the critiques of established disciplines, such as history, economics and biology, are often over-stated and misplaced. He shows that disciplines are remarkably porous and continually incorporate new method ... More

Keywords: Interdisciplinary, Silo, Innovation, Creativity, integrated knowledge/knowledge integration, American studies, liberal arts, communication, disciplines, sociology of knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226069296
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226069463.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerry A. Jacobs, author