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In Defense of DisciplinesInterdisciplinarity and Specialization in the Research University$
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Jerry A. Jacobs

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226069296

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226069463.001.0001

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Receptivity Curves: Educational Research and the Flow of Ideas

Receptivity Curves: Educational Research and the Flow of Ideas

(p.100) 6 Receptivity Curves: Educational Research and the Flow of Ideas
In Defense of Disciplines

Jerry A. Jacobs

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 6 builds on the ideas developed in Chapter 5 by considering the timing of intellectual exchanges. The idea of an intellectual delay is specified by mapping out “receptivity curves,” that trace the timing of attention to research in particular disciplines. This concept is put into action by considering the case of research and scholarship moving into and out of the field of education. While critics of educational scholarship abound, especially in schools of education, this evidence presented suggests that educational research is quite responsive to the latest developments in the liberal arts disciplines. In other words, excessive delay is not characteristic of exchanges between education scholarship and research originating in other fields.

Keywords:   growth of knowledge, reception of knowledge, citation, diffusion, education research, Jean Piaget, James S. Coleman, Pierre Bourdieu, Gary Becker

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