Disciplinary Perspectives: A Type of Progression
Terms you might find int eh litaturue around different integrations of disciplines are as follows: multi, inter, and trans. Transdisciplinary work is a hallmark of the Ph.D. program I am participating in. Choi and Pak (2006) provide some conscise definitions to what each of these are:
- Multidisciplinary: Multidisciplinarity draws on knowledge from different disciplines but stays within their boundaries.
- Interdisciplinary: Interdisciplinarity analyzes, synthesizes and harmonizes links between disciplines into a coordinated and coherent whole.
- Transdisciplinary: Transdisciplinarity integrates the natural, social and health sciences in a humanities context, and transcends their traditional boundaries.
Choi, B. C. K., & Pak, A. W. P. (2006). Multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in health research, services, education and policy: 1. Definitions, objectives, and evidence of effectiveness. Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Medecine Clinique Et Experimentale, 29(6), 351–364.